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Mechanical Engineers' Handbook, Volume 4: Energy and Power, 4th Edition

Myer Kutz (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-11285-4
1200 pages
February 2015
Mechanical Engineers


The engineer's ready reference for mechanical power and heat

Mechanical Engineer's Handbook provides the most comprehensive coverage of the entire discipline, with a focus on explanation and analysis. Packaged as a modular approach, these books are designed to be used either individually or as a set, providing engineers with a thorough, detailed, ready reference on topics that may fall outside their scope of expertise. Each book provides discussion and examples as opposed to straight data and calculations, giving readers the immediate background they need while pointing them toward more in-depth information as necessary. Volume 4: Energy and Power covers the essentials of fluids, thermodynamics, entropy, and heat, with chapters dedicated to individual applications such as air heating, cryogenic engineering, indoor environmental control, and more. Readers will find detailed guidance toward fuel sources and their technologies, as well as a general overview of the mechanics of combustion.

No single engineer can be a specialist in all areas that they are called on to work in the diverse industries and job functions they occupy. This book gives them a resource for finding the information they need, with a focus on topics related to the productions, transmission, and use of mechanical power and heat.

  • Understand the nature of energy and its proper measurement and analysis
  • Learn how the mechanics of energy apply to furnaces, refrigeration, thermal systems, and more
  • Examine the and pros and cons of petroleum, coal, biofuel, solar, wind, and geothermal power
  • Review the mechanical parts that generate, transmit, and store different types of power, and the applicable guidelines

Engineers must frequently refer to data tables, standards, and other list-type references, but this book is different; instead of just providing the answer, it explains why the answer is what it is. Engineers will appreciate this approach, and come to find Volume 4: Energy and Power an invaluable reference.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Vision for the Fourth Edition xi

Contributors xiii


1. Thermophysical Properties of Fluids 3
Peter E. Liley

2. Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids 41
Egemen Ol Ogretim and Wade W. Huebsch

3. Thermodynamics Fundamentals 135
Adrian Bejan

4. Exergy Analysis, Entropy Generation Minimization, and the Constructal Law 157
Adrian Bejan

5. Heat Transfer Fundamentals 183
G. P. Peterson

6. Temperature Measurement 247
Peter R. N. Childs

7. Heat Flux Measurement 285
T. E. Diller

8. Furnaces 313
Carroll Cone

9. Heat Exchangers, Vaporizers, and Condensers 375
Joseph W. Palen

10. Heat Pipes 415
Hongbin Ma

11. Air Heating 443
Richard J. Reed

12. Cooling Electric Equipment 451
Allan Kraus, Avram Bar-Cohen, and Abhay A. Wative

13. Refrigeration 499
Dennis L. O’Neal

14. Cryogenic Engineering 543
J. G. Weisend II

15. Indoor Environmental Control 577
Jelena Srebric

16. Thermal Systems Optimization 599
Vikrant C. Aute


17. Combustion 635
Eric G. Eddings

18. Gaseous Fuels 673
Richard J. Reed

19. Liquid Fossil Fuels from Petroleum 683
Richard J. Reed

20. Coals, Lignite, and Peat 703
James G. Keppeler

21. Clean Power Generation from Coal 719
James W. Butler and Prabir Basu

22. Biofuels for Transportation 767
Aaron Smith, Cesar Granda, and Mark Holtzapple

23. Solar Energy Measurements 805
Tariq Muneer and Yieng Wei Tham

24. Geothermal Resources and Technology: Introduction 839
Peter D. Blair

25. Pumps, Fans, Blowers, and Compressors 857
Keith Marchildon and David Mody

26. Gas Turbines 901
Harold E. Miller and Todd S. Nemec

27. Wind Power Generation 955
Todd S. Nemec

28. Cogeneration 963
Jerald A. Caton

29. Hydrogen Energy 991
E. K. Stefanakos, D. Y. Goswami, and S. S. Srinivasan

30. Steam Turbines 1029
William W. Peng

31. Fuel Cells 1055
Matthew M. Mench and Feng-Yuan Zhang

32. Fluid Power Systems 1089
Andrew Alleyne

Index 1123

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Author Information

MYER KUTZ holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked with numerous professional and technical publishing houses as an executive or consultant and is the author or editor of more than 15 engineering reference books.

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