# Does thermodynamic processess affect phase transition in solid state metals

Do these processes affect phase transition in solid state metals?

The reason I ask is because when these thermodynamic processes are being defined or explained, a fluid is used to explain the concept behind them.

Take for example when a solid state metal is in use (say semiconductor chip) a lot of heat is evolved or given out, if the heat is too much, and the metal is considerable small, it might melt, thus going from solid of a liquid form.

How are these thermodynamic processes modeled? Is there any reference that you can provide?

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What kind of metal is a "solid state metal"? ""if the heat is too much, and the metal is considerable small, it might melt,"" this is strange! Melting of metals occurs at the melting temperature of that metal, irrespective of size! Melting is melting, what else? –  Georg Oct 27 '11 at 10:40
@Georg Thanks for answering, i was just looking for an explanation of the thermodynamic process. For example a semiconductor –  Smith Oct 27 '11 at 19:25
@Oghenez: Please try to provide a clear and specific question. Do you mean if these processes exist for metals or what happens with a metal in such a process or something completely different? –  Alexander Nov 2 '11 at 0:25
@Alexander Do you mean if these processes exist for metals or what happens with a metal in such a process Yes –  Smith Nov 2 '11 at 6:31