Generally speaking, the total energy density can be a function of independent parameters other than the particle number density , such as the entropy density , assuming that the system scales in the manner discussed in Section 5 so that only densities need enter the equation of state. (For later convenience we will introduce the constituent indices , , etc. which range over the two constituents , and do not satisfy any kind of summation convention.) If there is no heat conduction, then this is still a single fluid problem, meaning that there is still just one unit flow velocity . This is what we mean by a two-constituent, single fluid. We assume that the particle number and entropy are both conserved along the flow, in the same sense as in Equation (126). Associated with each parameter there is thus a conserved current density four-vector, i.e. for the particle number density and for the entropy density. Note that the ratio is comoving in the sense that
In terms of constituent indices , , the associated combined first and second laws can be written in the form
Given that we only have one four-velocity, the system will still just have one fluid element per spacetime point. But unlike before, there will be an additional conserved number, , that can be attached to each worldline, like the particle number of Figure 7. In order to describe the worldlines we can use the same three scalars as before. But how do we get a construction that allows for the additional conserved number? Recall that the intersections of the worldlines with some hypersurface, say , is uniquely specified by the three scalars. Each worldline will have also the conserved numbers and assigned to them. Thus, the values of these numbers can be expressed as functions of the . But most importantly, the fact that each is conserved, means that this function specification must hold for all of spacetime, so that in particular the ratio is of the form . Consequently, we now have a construction whereby this ratio identically satisfies Equation (154), and the action principle remains a variational problem just in terms of the three scalars.
The variation of the action follows like before, except now a constituent index must be attached to the particle number density current and three-form:
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