Synopses & Reviews
Designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, this authoritative milestone in the foundational development of thermodynamics provides a unique reference for all physicists and engineers. Basic concepts and applications are discussed in complete detail with attention to generality and logical consistency, removing ambiguities and limitations of traditional presentations. Worked-out examples and end-of-chapter problems illustrate the use of energy and entropy balances as powerful analytical keystones in physics and engineering.
The text provides material for undergraduate and graduate courses. At the introductory level, it covers heat engines, stable-equilibrium-state models for ideal-gas, incompressible-fluid and solid behaviors, heat, work and bulk-flow interactions, thermodynamic efficiency, energy conversion systems, energy, and availability/ At the intermediate level, it covers ideal and nonideal mixtures, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, and combustion.
At the advanced level, the unique non-traditional order of exposition of the basic concepts and principles (system, property, state, process, first law, energy, equilibrium, stable equilibrium, second law, entropy) allows rigorous general definitions of energy and entropy valid for all systems (large and small, few- and many- particles) and all states (stable and non-stable equilibrium, as well as non-equilibrium). In particular, entropy is defined before and independently of the definitions of temperature and heat, and of the simple-system model for many-particle systems.
Synopsis
After an exposition of kinematics and dynamics, the first half examines the first and second laws of thermodynamics in terms of energy, stability of equilibrium, entropy, temperature, pressure, work, and heat. The second half of the text explores energy balance and entropy balance. 338 figures. 66 tables. 1991 edition.
Synopsis
Appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this introduction to thermodynamics develops basic concepts in complete detail and without the ambiguities common to traditional presentations. 1991 edition.
Synopsis
Designed by two MIT professors, this authoritative text transcends the limitations and ambiguities of traditional treatments to develop a deep understanding of the fundamentals of thermodynamics and its energy-related applications. Basic concepts and applications are discussed in complete detail, with attention to generality, rigorous definitions, and logical consistency. More than 300 solved problems span a wide range of realistic energy systems and processes.
Synopsis
Designed by two MIT professors, this authoritative textand#160;discusses basic concepts and applicationsand#160;inand#160;detail, emphasizingand#160;generality,and#160;definitions, and logical consistency. More than 300 solved problems coverand#160;realistic energy systems and processes.
About the Author
Elias P. Gyftopoulos received his doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT inand#160;1958. He is MIT'sand#160;Ford Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and of Nuclear Engineering.
Gian Paolo Beretta was awarded a doctorate in engineering at MIT in 1981. A full Professor of Thermal Sciences at Brescia University, he is a frequent visiting professor at MIT.
Table of Contents
Preface
1. How to Study with This Book
2. Kinematics and Dynamics
3. Energy
4. Stability of Equilibrium
5. Adiabatic Availability
6. Available Energy
7. Entropy
8. Stable-Equilibrium-State Principle
9. Temperature
10. Total Potentials
11. Pressure
12. Work and Heat
13. Energy versus Entropy Graphs
14. Summary of Basic Concepts
15. Heat Engines
16. Systems with Volume as the Only Parameter
17. Simple Systems
18. Phase Rule
19. Thermophysical Properties of Pure Substances
20. Ideal Gases, Liquids, and Solids
21. Equations of State
22. Bulk Flow
23. Conversion Devices
24. Availability Functions
25. Energy Conversion Systems
26. Thermophysical Properties of Mixtures
27. Ideal-Gas Mixtures and Solutions
28. Nonideal Mixtures
29. Chemical Reactions
30. Chemical Equilibrium
31. Combustion
Epilogue
Physical Constants and Unit Conversion Tables
Tables of Properties
Solutions to Problems
Index