Examples of irreversible thermodynamic theory of nonlocal phenomena are giv
en, based on generalized entropy current. Thermodynamic currents and forces
are identified to derive the Guyer-Krumhansl and Chan-Hilliard equations.
In the latter case Gurtin's rate dependent additional term is received thro
ugh the thermodynamic approach. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights r