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Written in an easy-to-follow format, Thermodynamics Demystified begins by reviewing basic principles and discussing the properties of pure substances. The book goes on to cover laws of thermodynamics, power and refrigeration cycles, psychrometrics, combustion, and much more. Hundreds of worked examples and equations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and two final exams help reinforce learning.

Thermodynamics DeMYSTiFied

  • This hands-on, self-teaching text offers:
  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Details on the first and second laws of thermodynamics
  • Coverage of vapor and gas cycles, psychrometrics, and combustion
  • An overview of heat transfer SI units throughout
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Thermodynamics Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this essential engineering subject.

Thermodynamics DeMYSTiFied – Content

Preface xi
CHAPTER 1 Basic Principles 1
1.1 The System and Control Volume 2
1.2 Macroscopic Description 3
1.3 Properties and State of a System 4
1.4 Equilibrium, Processes, and Cycles 5
1.5 Units 7
1.6 Density, Specifi c Volume, and
Specifi c Weight 10
1.7 Pressure 11
1.8 Temperature 14
1.9 Energy 15
Quiz No. 1 17
Quiz No. 2 19
CHAPTER 2 Properties of Pure Substances 23
2.1 The P-v-T Surface 23
2.2 The Liquid-Vapor Region 26
2.3 The Steam Tables 27
2.4 Equations of State 30
2.5 Equations of State for a Nonideal Gas 33
Quiz No. 1 35
Quiz No. 2 37
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CHAPTER 3 Work and Heat 41
3.1 Work 41
3.2 Work Due to a Moving Boundary 43
3.3 Nonequilibrium Work 48
3.4 Other Work Modes 49
3.5 Heat Transfer 52
Quiz No. 1 54
Quiz No. 2 57
CHAPTER 4 The First Law of Thermodynamics 61
4.1 The First Law Applied to a Cycle 61
4.2 The First Law Applied to a Process 63
4.3 Enthalpy 66
4.4 Latent Heat 67
4.5 Specifi c Heats 68
4.6 The First Law Applied to Various
Processes 72
4.7 The First Law Applied to Control
Volumes 78
4.8 Applications of the Energy Equation 81
Quiz No. 1 89
Quiz No. 2 94
CHAPTER 5 The Second Law of Thermodynamics 101
5.1 Heat Engines, Heat Pumps, and
Refrigerators 102
5.2 Statements of the Second Law 103
5.3 Reversibility 105
5.4 The Carnot Engine 107
5.5 Carnot Effi ciency 110
5.6 Entropy 113
5.7 The Inequality of Clausius 123
5.8 Entropy Change for an Irreversible Process 124
5.9 The Second Law Applied to a
Control Volume 128
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Quiz No. 1 133
Quiz No. 2 137
CHAPTER 6 Power and Refrigeration Vapor Cycles 143
6.1 The Rankine Cycle 144
6.2 Rankine Cycle Effi ciency 147
6.3 The Reheat Cycle 151
6.4 The Regenerative Cycle 153
6.5 Effect of Losses on Power Cycle Effi ciency 157
6.6 The Vapor Refrigeration Cycle 160
6.7 The Heat Pump 164
Quiz No. 1 167
Quiz No. 2 169
CHAPTER 7 Power and Refrigeration Gas Cycles 173
7.1 The Air-Standard Cycle 174
7.2 The Carnot Cycle 177
7.3 The Otto Cycle 177
7.4 The Diesel Cycle 180
7.5 The Brayton Cycle 184
7.6 The Regenerative Brayton Cycle 188
7.7 The Combined Cycle 191
7.8 The Gas Refrigeration Cycle 194
Quiz No. 1 198
Quiz No. 2 201
CHAPTER 8 Psychrometrics 205
8.1 Gas-Vapor Mixtures 205
8.2 Adiabatic Saturation and Wet-Bulb
Temperatures 210
8.3 The Psychrometric Chart 213
8.4 Air-Conditioning Processes 214
Quiz No. 1 220
Quiz No. 2 223
Contents ix
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CHAPTER 9 Combustion 227
9.1 Combustion Equations 227
9.2 Enthalpy of Formation, Enthalpy of
Combustion, and the First Law 233
9.3 Adiabatic Flame Temperature 238
Quiz No. 1 241
Quiz No. 2 243
APPENDIX A Conversion of Units 245
APPENDIX B Material Properties 247
APPENDIX C Steam Tables 253
APPENDIX D R134a 263
APPENDIX E Ideal-Gas Tables 269
APPENDIX F Psychrometric Chart 277
APPENDIX G Compressibility Chart 279
Final Exams 281
Solutions to Quizzes and Final Exams 297
Index 335

Thermodynamics DeMYSTiFied – Preface

This book is intended to accompany a text used in the first course in thermodynamics that is required in all mechanical engineering departments, as well as several other departments. It provides a succinct presentation of the material so that the students more easily understand the more difficult concepts. Many thermodynamics texts are over 900 pages long and it is often difficult to ferret out the essentials due to the excessive verbiage. This book presents those essentials. The basic principles upon which a study of thermodynamics is based are illustrated with numerous examples and practice exams, with solutions, that allow students to develop their problem-solving skills. All examples and problems are presented using SI metric units. English-unit equivalents are given in App. A. The mathematics required to solve the problems is that used in several other engineering courses. The more-advanced mathematics is typically not used in an introductory course in thermodynamics. Calculus is more than sufficient. The quizzes at the end of each chapter contain four-part, multiple-choice problems similar in format to those found in national exams, such as the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (the first of two exams required in the engineering registration process), the Graduate Record Exam (required when applying for most graduate schools), and the LSAT and MCAT exams. Engineering courses do not, in general, utilize multiple-choice exams but it is quite important that students gain experience in taking such exams. This book allows that experience. If one correctly answers 50 percent or more of multiple-choice questions correctly, that is quite good. If you have comments, suggestions, or corrections or simply want to opine, please email me at [email protected] It is impossible to write a book free of errors, but if I’m made aware of them, I can have them corrected in future printings

Basic Principles

Thermodynamics involves the storage, transformation, and transfer of energy. Energy is stored as internal energy (due to temperature), kinetic energy (due to motion), potential energy (due to elevation), and chemical energy (due to chemical composition); it is transformed from one of these forms to another; and it is transferred across a boundary as either heat or work. We will present equations that relate the transforma tions and transfers of energy to properties such as temperature, pressure, and density. The properties of materials thus become very important. Many equations will be based on experimental observations that have been presented as mathematical statements, or laws: primarily the fi rst and second laws of thermodynamics. The mechanical engineer’s objective in studying thermodynamics is most often the analysis of a rather complicated device, such as an air conditioner, an engine, or a power plant. As the fl uid fl ows through such a device, it is assumed to be a continuum in which there are measurable quantities such as pressure, temperature, and velocity. This book, then, will be restricted to macroscopic or engineering thermodynamics. If the behavior of individual molecules is important, statistical thermodynamics must be consulted.


Merle C. Potter, Ph.D., has engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Michigan. He has coauthored Fluid Mechanics, Mechanics of Fluids, Thermodynamics for Engineers, Thermal Sciences, Differential Equations, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, and Jump Start the HP-48G in addition to numerous exam review books. His research involved fluid flow stability and energy-related topics. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded him the 2008 James Harry Potter Gold Medal. He is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University and continues to write and golf.

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