Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach
Y.A. Cengel & M.A. Boles (8th Ed.)
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach is, as the title suggests, focused on explaining thermodynamics with engineering applications. The book covers energy, the fundamental laws (0th, 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws of thermodynamics), properties of substances, analysis of control volumes, entropy, exergy (work potential), various power cycles (gas, vapor and combined, refrigeration), air-conditioning and more in-depth sections on chemical reactions and chemical phase and equilibrium. In the appendix, there are comprehensive property tables (air, water, etc) used in the analysis of problems.
The majority of the questions and examples used to explain concepts are directly related to engineering systems used in thermodynamics. This assists in understanding how these principles and concepts are applied to solving real world problems. There are also a number of extra resources provided by the author with a student resources DVD which comes for free with the book and includes videos and interactive tutorials for alternative methods to help reinforce your knowledge.
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach is an excellent foundation resource for thermodynamics – the basic conceptual ideas are well described and the main topics within thermodynamics are covered. It is recommended as a valuable addition to any Mechanical Engineer’s library that not only will assist you in studying, but is also a great reference book on thermodynamics.
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