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  • Applied Thermodynamics 2nd Edition

    Mr. Akbar Hessami

    Mir-Akbar Hessami, PhD is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University (Clayton, Australia). He has been teaching thermodynamics and heat transfer to university students for nearly 20 years. He has published numerous articles and papers in this area, and has been involved in organising several conferences related to this subject. He also has an active research interest in engineering education, and has written many papers in this field. The material in this book not only reflects his thorough understanding of thermodynamics for senior engineering students, but also his commitment to the principles of good teaching.



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  • Description

    Applied Thermodynamics, Power Production from Conventional and Renewable Sources, Second Edition , is a textbook for any second level applied Thermodynamics course in schools of mechanical engineering. It covers topics relevant to all the conventional sources of power used in human activity before proceeding to the less familiar field of renewable sources of power, such as solar and wind power. It covers power generation using steam and gas turbines, and internal combustion engines. It also covers combined heat and power systems, combustion stoichiometry, theories of combustion kinetics, refrigeration cycles, heat pumps, solar, wind and hydroelectric power and more. The numerical calculations of power outputs, heat transfer rates, energy efficiency and so on are handled clearly, presenting more than just the essential mathematics. The book contains numerous diagrams, worked examples, practice problems and references. The Second Edition incorporates a variety of new material (especially on solar energy) and numerous additional problems in most chapters. There are also a large number of alterations, improvements and clarifications. Lastly, and most importantly for an engineering textbook, it has been extensively class-tested over many years by mechanical engineering students.

    270pp  Paper Includes Solutions CD Pub 2006 ISBN 186491 0151 RRP $69.95 (Incl. GST)


  • Contents

     Nomenclature 10. Wind Power
    1. Review of Major Concepts and 11. Hydroelectric Power
         Principles in Energy Conversion 12. Power from Biomass and
    2. Vapour Power Systems        Other Renewable Sources
    3. Gas Turbines      Bibliography   
    4. Internal Combustion Engines      Appendices: Steam tables, Ideal Gas Properties
    5. Combined Heat and Power Systems           Properties of selected hydrocarbons,
    6. Combustion Stoichiometry           Properties of selected refrigerants
    7. Basic Theories of Combustion Kinetics      Glossary of Terms
    8. Refrigeration Cycles And Heat Pumps      Review Questions
    9. Solar Energy for Heat and Power Production     Index

    Includes Solutions Manual CDROM

    270pp  Paper   Pub 2006  ISBN 1864910151   RRP $69.95 (Incl. GST)

  • Key Features

    * designed for a second, applied course in thermodynamics

    * examples specifically created for mechanical engineering students

    * covers both conventional and renewable sources of power production

    * includes steam power, gas turbines, internal combustion engines, and combined heat and power systems

    * also includes combustion stoichiometry, theories of combustion kinetics, refrigeration cycles, and heat pumps

    * renewable power sources covered include solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass power

    * clear mathematical calculations and worked examples

    * updated, clarified and expanded throughout thesecond edition

    * new material on solar energy

    * additional problems in most chapters in second edition

    * also includes numerous diagrams, end of chapter practice problems, references, tables and index

    * extensively class-tested over many years


    Solutions Manual on CD ROM Included

    270pp  Paper  Pub 2006 ISBN 186491 0151 RRP $69.95 (Incl. GST)

  • Preface

    This book includes material on all major topics in applied thermodynamics with emphasis on power production from conventional and renewable sources. The book is written for an undergraduate course and the presentation assumes that students have successfully completed an introductory unit in thermodynamics. The material in the book has been used and tested over several years by many students studying Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, in the third year of their four-year (eight-semester) course.

    Chapters 1-9 of this book cover the various topics relevant to the conventional power production processes (including solar energy). Because of the increasing importance of renewable energy in meeting the constantly growing demand for power, detailed information on power from other renewable sources is also included in Chapters 10-12.

    The book starts with a review of the basic concepts in thermodynamics that have been covered in the introductory thermodynamics class. Chapters 2-4 then look at a number of topics (vapour power systems, gas turbinesand internal combustion engines) in more detail to extend the students' knowledge of the subject beyond what has been taught at the previous level. In Chapter 5, the concept of cogeneration is fully described. Chapters 6 and 7 illustrate combustion stoichiometry and kinetics, respectively. Refrigeration cycles and heat pumps are introduced in Chapter 8, followed by a detailed description of solar power in Chapter 9. Chapters 10-12 contain basic information and data on wind power, hydroelectric power, and power from biomass and other renewable sources.

    Although the general approach has been to present the theory first followed by numerical examples, in some cases, examples have been used to introduce theory in a PBL (Problem-Based Learning) style. Since the book is mainly used by mechanical engineering students, the examples have been selected for their appeal to this group. The practice problems at the end of each chapter in the book are chosen to reflect the importance of the various topics discussed in that section. Examination type questions are also included under Review Questions in Appendix G to assist studentswhen reviewing the subject, and to help lecturers in the preparation of examination papers. For easy access, the most commonly used terms in thermodynamics are described in a glossary in Appendix F

    In writing this book, I have benefited from my experience with early draft versions and the comments I have received from my students. I have revised the material accordingly with the hope of making the book even more suitable for use as an undergraduate textbook. Since the first published edition of this book, it has been revised on a number of occasions. These changes included corrections, alterations, clarifications and the addition of a Solutions CD Rom. Together with these earlier changes, the second edition of this book incorporates many substantial revisions and improvements throughout the text, as well as additional material in a number of chapters. There are new problems in many chapters, new material on solar energy and new references. Overall, the second edition is a substantially altered and improved book over the first edition.

    I am very grateful to my former colleague, Mr. Robert Gani, who thoroughly reviewed the first draft of the manuscript of this book and gave me immeasurable feedback. Bob's comments have undoubtedly improved the quality and accuracy of the material presented here. I am also grateful to ASME Press for the permission to use their steam table data, and to the designers at Eruditions Publishing for their meticulous work in laying out the book.

    Mir-Akbar Hessami, PhD

    Clayton, Victoria

    February 2006


    A Solutions Manual for the end of chapter problems is provided on a CD attached to

    the back cover of this book. The Review Questions in Appendix G are not provided

    with solutions and can therefore be used for examination purposes.

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