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Introduction to Thermal and Fluids Engineering, 1st Edition Reprint

Introduction to Thermal and Fluids Engineering, 1st Edition Reprint

Deborah A. Kaminski, Michael K. Jensen

ISBN: 978-1-119-28968-5 February 2017 800 Pages


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Kaminski-Jensen is the first text to bring together thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer in an integrated manner, giving students the fullest possible understanding of their interconnectedness. The three topics are introduced early in the text, allowing for applications across these areas early in the course. Class-tested for two years to more than 800 students at Rensselaer, the text’s novel approach has received national attention for its demonstrable success.

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  • An integrated approach: Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer are presented as a unified body of knowledge.. Examples and problems are used to illustrate the integration of the three disciplines in practice. Benefit: The integrated approach builds a firm understanding of the interconnection among the 3 topic areas..
  •  Common notation used throughout text:  to reinforce the connectedness of the topics, and to minimize student confusion, a common notation is introduced and used throughout the text.   
  • Flexibility: The text is designed to support a wide variety of syllabi and course structures.  After Chapters 2, 3, and 4, there are multiple paths through the book depending on the curricular needs. Benefit: Instructors are able to customize the text to their specific curricular needs.
  •  Example Problems & End-of Chapter Exercises: Examples and problems are used to illustrate the integration of the three disciplines in practice. The text features a rich collection of example problems (over 150) and end-of-chapter exercises (over 850).  The problems range from the simple (to illustrate one concept or point) to the complex (to show the need for integration, synthesis of topics and tools, and the use of a logical problem solution approach).  Benefit: Increased student concept comprehension and consistent reinforcement of students’ problem solving skills.  The detailed solutions are valuable in demonstrating how to incorporate information from several different disciplines in solving problems
  •  Familiar, down-to-earth examples: Clear descriptions of physical and fundamental processes that are related to what a student may observe in his/her everyday life are used in many examples. The illustrative examples bring together physical processes, governing equations, and concrete examples of applications of the points being taught. Benefit:students are more easily able to relate to and understand important concepts.
  •  An emphasis on problem solving:  Students learn by problem solving, and in addition to the wealth of examples and problems throughout the text, assumptions are stated when they are used in the problem solution. Some of the example problems are industrially relevant; these example problems and other practical engineering applications are used throughout the text to provide motivation to the students. BenefitStudents are able to see the problem-solving process in action. In many cases, assumptions are not all known at the start of a problem. During the course of solution, it often becomes apparent that an assumption is needed. Kaminski & Jensen’s approach emphasizes this.
  •  “Approach” section for each problem: After the problem statement is given and prior to actually solving the problem, the general approach to the problem solution is stated briefly to enable students to see the path the solution will take. Benefit: Provides direction to students who need that extra support. Enables professors to discuss a problem solution before an equation is written, for example.
  • Early introduction to heat transfer: The subject, of major importance to EE majors, is introduced in Ch. 3. Benefit: Allows students to relate the heat term in the First Law of Thermodynamics to fundamental modes of heat transfer and tackle more realistic problems earlier in their engineering education.
  • Property evaluations are not introduced until Chapter 5. Benefit:Many practical topics from fluid mechanics and heat transfer can be taught with minimal emphasis on thermodynamics. (Chapters 5-8 can be omitted without loss of continuity.) This is especially useful if the course is for non-majors.
  • Accessible writing style: Reviewers and students commend the clarity of the writing. In addition, all derivations are written out in detail, without skipping steps. Benefit: The high readability of the text enables students to better understand important concepts.