Table of Contents

Preface.
Structure.
Notation --State of equilibrium.
Availability and exergy.
Pinch technology.
Rational efficiency.
Efficiency of an internally reversible heat engine when producing maximum work output.
Relationship between properties.
Equations of state.
Liquefaction of gases.
Thermodynamic properties of ideal gases and ideal gas mixtures of constant composition.
Thermodynamics of combustion.
Chemistry of combustion.
Chemical equilibrium and dissociation.
Effect of dissociation on combustion parameters-- Chemical kinetics.
Combustion and flames.
Irreversible thermodynamics.
Fuel cells. Introduces basic concepts that apply over a range of engineering thermodymanics technologies. Considers approaches to cycles, enabling their irreversibility to be taken into account. Gives a detailed study of combustion to show how the chemical energy in a fuel is converted into thermal energy and emissions; analyses fuel cells to provide an understanding of the direct conversion of chemical energy to electrical power; studies property relationships to enable more sophisticated analyses to be made of both high and low temperature plant and irreversible thermodynamics, which contain principles that might hold a key to new ways of efficiently converting energy to power.