Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Applications: With Historical Annotations and Many Citations from Avogadro to Zermelo / Edition 1

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The book provides a systematic introduction into the fundamental ideas of thermodynamics at a somewhat advanced level. And it exhibits many applications of the theory in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, and materials science. The universal equations of balance are strictly separated from the constitutive equations which characterize the behavior of material bodies, mostly gases, vapors, and liquids. Some selected solids like rubber, gels and shape memory alloys are considered as well.

Both authors have taught students of the subject for many years at the Technical University of Berlin, and they have actively participated in modern research in thermodynamics.

Historical annotations offer some relaxing moments for the reader.

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“The book is divided in twelve chapters which describe the fundamentals of thermodynamics and many applications, mainly in machines or chemical reactions. … The whole book is also illustrated with many figures and many historical notes concerning the pioneers of the thermodynamics. Engineers will find here an historical complete introduction of thermodynamics going to modern developments. Mathematicians involved in partial differential equations (pde) will find the physical and historical context which leads to the famous heat or wave equations, among other pdes.” (Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1168, 2009)

“This is a remarkable book, which presents in a systematic way the fundamental aspects of classical thermodynamics. … The interesting feature of the book is that all applications are described using the rigorous concepts of thermodynamics. The book contains also many historical annotations and many mini-biographies of the pioneers. … The authors formulate and exploit the second law of thermodynamics, together with the concept of entropy. … The book ends with some studies about flames, linear viscoelasticity and shape memory alloys.” (Elvira Barbera, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 b)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642094118
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue on ideal gases and incompressible fluids.- Objectives of thermodynamics and its equations of balance.- Constitutive equations.- Reversible processes and cycles. “pdV thermodynamics” for the calculation of thermodynamic engines.- Entropy.- Entropy as S=k lnW.- Steam engines and refrigerators.- Heat Transfer.- Mixtures, solutions, and alloys.- Chemically reacting mixtures.- Moist air.- Selected problems in thermodynamics.- Thermodynamics of irreversible processes.

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