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Principles of Thermodynamics

Excerpt from Principles of Thermodynamics This book is intended primarily for students of engineering. Its purpose is to provide a course in the principles of thermodynamics that may serve as an adequate foundation for the advanced study of heat engines. As indicated by the title, emphasis is placed on the principles rather than on the technical applications the underlying theory of various heat engines is quite fully developed. The discussions, however, is restricted to ideal cases, and questions that involve the design, operation, or performance of heat engines are reserved for a second volume. The arrangements of the subject matter and the method of presentation are the results of some twelve years' experience in teaching thermodynamics. Briefly, the arrangements is as follows: In the first six chapters, the fundamental laws are developed and the general equations of thermodynamics are derived. The laws of gases and gaseous mixtures are discussed in Chapters VII and VIII, and this discussion is followed immediately by the technical applications in which gaseous media play a part. A discussion of the properties of saturated and superheated vapors is likewise followed by the technical applications that involve vapor media. Some of the features of the book to which attention may be directed are the following: 1. The method of presenting the fundamental laws. In this treatment I have followed very closely the development in Bryan's thermodynamics. The second law is made identical with the law of degradation of energy, the connection between irreversibility and loss of availability is pointed out, and by means of the Carnot cycle a measure of a availability is obtained. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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