Thermodynamics

Authored by: Ronald L. Klaus

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120042160

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Abstract

The foundational ideas of thermodynamics, especially the implications of its two main laws, are presented, and their implications for energy engineering are discussed. Special attention is given to the implications of the second law in the design of processes that are thermodynamically efficient. The application of thermodynamics to practical engineering problems requires accurate estimation of thermodynamic properties of fluids. A survey of the methods used for such estimations is also presented.

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