Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications, ISBN-13: 978-0521862738

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Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications, ISBN-13: 978-0521862738

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  • 420 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 8, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521862736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521862738


Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications departs from the mainstream textbooks on the subject for its essential treatment of thermodynamics and its systematic and rigorous method for the solution of energy engineering problems. It is aimed at students and professionals in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

This concise text provides an essential treatment of thermodynamics and a discussion of the basic principles built on an intuitive description of the microscopic behavior of matter. Aimed at a range of courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering, the presentation explains the foundations valid at the macroscopic level in relation to what happens at the microscopic level, relying on intuitive and visual explanations which are presented with engaging cases. With ad hoc, real-word examples related also to current and future renewable energy conversion technologies and two well-known programs used for thermodynamic calculations, FluidProp and StanJan, this text provides students with a rich and engaging learning experience.


‘This is a comprehensive and clearly written text that is organized in such a way that it may be used in both undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering thermodynamics.’ Craig T. Bowman, Stanford University, California

‘This book takes you on a journey through the fundamentals of thermodynamics, featuring scientific formality and comprehensive explanations of every concept, all focused on an engineering approach. A basic text for any course in applied thermodynamics and related areas, and for professionals in the need to revisit the fundamentals.’ David Sánchez, Universidad de Sevilla

‘Building on Bill Reynolds’ classic book, Engineering Thermodynamics, this textbook offers a unique approach to teaching thermodynamics based on the understanding of simple physical principles. It will be of great benefit to future engineers tackling tough problems in energy.’ Tim Lieuwen, Georgia Institute of Technology

‘An excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate students, and good reference for practicing mechanical engineers. The book’s strength is in its simplification of the science of thermodynamics and the listing of its practical applications.’ Hany Moustapha, Université du Québec

‘A textbook that could be entitled ‘Lean Thermodynamics’ because it explains the core of this science by employing an effective and essential language and providing the fundamental concepts as they are needed. It focuses on topics and applications that are indispensable in facing today’s challenges in energy, mechanical and aerospace engineering.’ Gianluca Valenti, Politecnico di Milano

‘This book is a must-have for students, academics and engineers working with thermodynamics. The authors present the foundations of thermodynamics by linking the beautiful formality of primary laws to a sharp description of the underlying microscopic world. Thermodynamics professionals and enthusiasts will keep this book within reach as an insightful reference.’ Alberto Guardone, Politecnico di Milano

‘The authors have taken care in clearly articulating the requisite topics for engineering students in a very engaging manner. The book will be an important resource for students in the classroom as well as into the future as they become practicing engineers.’ Karen A. Thole, Pennsylvania State University

‘The authors of this superb text have set out to present ‘the very few concepts of classical thermodynamics, in a much more essential treatment’. Not overburdened with the inclusion of numerous repetitive examples, this book presents the basic concepts of energy and entropy in a simple equation form. The text is eminently suited for engineering undergraduate and first-year graduate level courses.’ Lee S. Langston, University of Connecticut

About the Author

William C. Reynolds was a renowned and exceptionally creative scientist who specialized in turbulent flow and computational fluid dynamics. However, his competence spanned many areas of fluid mechanics, and of mechanical engineering in general. He completed his bachelor’s (1954), master’s (1955) and doctoral (1957) degrees at Stanford University, California. Reynolds chaired the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1972 to 1982 and from 1989 to 1992. A pioneer in large eddy simulation for fluid modelling, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979. He won the Fluid Engineering Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1989 and the Otto Laporte Award by the American Physical Society in 1992. He was universally recognized as a gifted and original educator. He wrote several books, some on thermodynamics.

Piero Colonna is Professor and Chair of Propulsion and Power at Delft University of Technology, where he has been teaching Thermodynamics and Modelling and Simulation of Energy Conversion Systems since 2002. He completed his master’s degree (1991) in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano, obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, California (1995) and a doctoral degree again from Politecnico di Milano (1996). In 2005, he became the recipient of the VIDI personal grant of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) for his research on the gas dynamics of dense vapours and supercritical fluids. He is also a recognized world expert of Organic Rankine Cycle and Supercritical CO2 power systems (renewable thermal energy conversion), and a pioneer of Non Ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics (NICFD). He served as the Chairman of the Board of the International Gas Turbine Institute (2015-17), and is advisor to the Board of the Global Power and Propulsion Society. He was also Associate Editor of the ASME Journal for Engineering of Gas Turbines and Power, and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of the Global Power and Propulsion Society. His talent as lecturer is testified by the Best M.Sc. Lecturer Award in Sustainable Energy Technology and Fluid Mechanics which he received twice in 2010 and 2012.

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