Engineering thermodynamics is the study of and practical application of the successful conversion of heat energy into work energy, a transformation fundamental to the existence of our modern industrial society.The thermodynamic conversion process lies behind the operation of the internal combustion engine and the generation of power. Transport systems - such as motor cars, aircraft and railway trains - can only function because of this process; it also makes possible the generation of electricity, supplying energy for heating, lighting and computing, and many other processes essential to the modern world. Basic Engineering Thermodynamics, first published in 1960, provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and application of the subject. The fifth edition has been extensively revised and updated with a new chapter on basic psychrometry and additional material and re-drawn illustrations throughout.Features:* provides a basic step-by-step approach to the subject* emphasizes the effective and efficient use of energy* includes numerous worked examples* incorporates many revision questions at the end of each chapter* considers the importance of ecological issues* discusses the use of fossil fuels, gases, steam and refrigerantsCoverage includes: systems, the laws of thermodynamics, steam and two-phase systems, gases and single-phase systems, thermodynamic reversibility, entropy, combustion, heat transfer, steam plant, the steam engine, nozzles, steam turbines, air and gas compressors, ideal gas power cycles, internal combustion engines, engine trials, refrigeration and pyschrometry.
Basic Engineering Thermodynamics is a core text for BTEC HNC/D and degree courses in mechanical engineering.Rayner Joel was formerly Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hackney Technical College, London.