Introductory Chemical Engineering: Thermodynamics

9780130113870: Introductory Chemical Engineering: Thermodynamics

For undergraduate courses in Applied Thermodynamics.

Written in a style and at a level that is accessible to undergraduates, this introduction to applied thermodynamics covers the first and second law for process applications, molecular concepts, equations of state, activity models, and reaction equilibria—all in a tightly integrated, pedagogical progression of topics. It addresses the on-going evolution in applied thermodynamics and computer technology, and integrates several widely-accessible computational tools to allow exploration of model behavior— e.g., programs for HP and TI calculators, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and PC's. Includes background and comparison on many of the popular thermodynamic models.

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Includes extensive coverage of process simulation models

A practical, up-to-date introduction to applied thermodynamics

Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics will help students master the fundamentals of applied thermodynamics as practiced today: with a molecular perspective and extensive use of process simulation.

The book begins by introducing energy and entropy balances that are at the heart of processing engineering calculations. Understand the ideal gas law and thermodynamic tables. Learn important equation of state techniques for calculating thermodynamic properties including virial and cubic equations of state and the underlying theories behind them. Coverage includes:

  • Closed systems, open systems, and steady-state systems
  • Process thermodynamics, including the Carnot and Rankine cycles; Rankine modifications, refrigeration, liquefaction, internal combustion and fluid-flow
  • Departure functions and the role of enthalpy and entropy properties
  • Generalizing classical thermodynamics to any fluid
  • Fluid phase equilibria in mixtures, including multicomponent systems, fugacities, activity models, and liquid-liquid phase equlibria
  • Comparisons of thermodynamic models that help readers choose the most meaningful approach to each problem

Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics presents extensive practical examples, especially in its coverage of non-ideal mixtures, which addresses water contamination via hydrocarbons, polymer blending/recycling, oxygenated fuels and other contemporary issues.

Throughout, the book makes use of models and equations that may be worked with low-cost calculators and spreadsheet software. Useful appendices include a glossary; problem-solving strategies and software; relevant basic mathematics; and pure component properties.

About the Author:

J. RICHARD ELLIOTT is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. His research interests include thermodynamics of hydrogen bonding, molecular simulations, and PRISM theory; thermodynamics of supercritical fluids and hydrocarbon processing; and experimental phase equilibium measurements. He holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.
CARL T. LIRA is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University, specializing in the thermodynamics of complex systems. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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