Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1989, 54, 2330-2334

A network thermodynamic model for transient effects in electrokinetic energy conversion

Carlos F. González-Fernándeza, José Hornob and Fernando González-Caballeroa

a Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain
b Department of Applied Physics, University College of Jaen, E-23071 Jaen, Spain


A network model is proposed allowing the transient effects in electrokinetic phenomena to be studied in terms of the network thermodynamics concept. Relaxation times for the build-up of electroosmotic pressure and streaming potential, time required for the electrokinetic energy conversion to reach its maximum efficiency and the optimum outforce for the energy conversion are readily obtained by this method.