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Fundamentals and Engineering Applications


William C. Reynolds, Piero Colonna, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands


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…

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  • Develops the subject starting from an essential treatment, building on fundamental principles presented with an intuitive description of the microscopic behaviour of matter
  • Provides fewer but more carefully conceived examples which enable students to fully understand the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and to successfully apply them to all kinds of energy engineering problems
  • Provides ad hoc, real-world examples related to current and future renewable energy conversion technologies to engage students in the global effort to solve the energy issue
  • Accompanied by the academic version of FluidProp (fluid thermodynamic properties) and StanJan (chemical equilibria) - two well-known programs largely developed by the authors, enabling students to solve some of the more complex exercises and to obtain colorful visual information, such as many of the charts in the book

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