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Volume 10: Thermodynamics for Students and Practising Engineers



An understanding of thermodynamics is essential for power plant design and this volume of the Eskom Power Series outlines the key thermodynamic principles. The text includes inter alia, basic concepts and definitions, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, steam and gas plant, compressor and refrigeration plant, entropy, and non-reactive and reactive systems.   

These topics contain the key thermodynamic principles required by a typical power plant engineer to design a new asset, evaluate a new technology concept (i.e. to validate power output or thermal efficiency), or to understand a thermodynamics-related issue on existing plant. In principle, the book covers the basic theory with sample calculations that provide a foolproof methodology to approaching analyses at a system level. The basic laws of thermodynamics leading up to applications in the gas and steam plant will be of relevance to both practising engineers and technologists.

Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler, is the key theme of the book. To this end, the author presents a complex subject in simple terms without referencing additional chapters linked to research or emerging fields. The key intention of the book is to present a foundation​​​​ to prepare readers for higher level thermodynamics texts.

It is the author's wish that this book becomes the reader's desktop reference.​   


Description Black and white softcover book
ISBN No. ​978-0-992-17811-6     
Pages 262
Weight ​0.88 kg
Dimension 260 mm x 210 mm x 16 mm

Cost in South African Rands: 695 (Including VAT)   

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