Thermodynamics And Heat Powered Cycles – Chih Wu – 1st Edition


A modern textbook should contain both the basic theory and principles, along with an updated pedagogy. Often traditional thermodynamics courses are devoted only to analysis, with the expectation that will be introduced later to relevant design considerations and concepts. Cycle analysis is logically and traditionally the focus of applied thermodynamics. Type and quantity are constrained, however, by the computational efforts required. The ability for to approach realistic complexity is limited.

Even analyses based upon grossly simplified cycle models can be computationally taxing, with limited educational benefits. Computerised look-up reduce computational labour somewhat, but modelling cycles with many interactive loops can lie well outside the limits of and faculty time budgets.

This will help educators in their effort to enhance education through the effective use of intelligent computer software and computer assisted course work.

Table of Content

  1. Basic Concepts

  2. Properties of Thermodynamic Substances

  3. First Law of Thermodynamics for Closed Systems

  4. First Law of Thermodynamics for Open Systems

  5. Second Law of Thermodynamics

  6. Entropy

  7. Exergy and Irreversibility

  8. Vapour Cycles

  9. Gas Closed System Cycles

  10. Gas Open System Cycles

  11. Combined Cycle and Co-Generation

  12. Refrigeration and Heat Pump Cycles

  13. Finite-Time Thermodynamics.

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