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 , with the expectation that students 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 efforts required. The ability for students 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 tables reduce computational labour somewhat, but modelling cycles with many interactive loops can lie well outside the limits of and faculty time budgets.

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

Table of Contents

  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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