Applied Energy Systems

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Applied Energy Systems — Rudimentary Thermodynamics

2014 Edition

This is a compact textbook for a module addressing rudimentary thermodynamics within the context of applied energy systems. It is at an introductory level for engineers or technologists. The book does not attempt to cover the principles of thermodynamics comprehensively. Rather, it provides a practical but theoretically sound foundation, linked to some key areas. Energy, heat and work are all introduced, as are units and dimensions. Ideal gases and properties of liquids and vapours are treated. Non-flow and steady flow processes are described. Simple theory is provided for pumps and for the reciprocating compressor. Rudimentary steam and refrigeration or heat pump cycles are explained. Thermodynamic property tables are included. A separate solutions manual is provided (also as a free download).

The book is downloadable as a free thermodynamics textbook in PDF format under a Creative Commons license from the ARROW@DIT archive at:
http://arrow.dit.ie/engmecbk/3/

Applied Energy Systems — Rudimentary Fluid Mechanics

2014 Edition

This is a compact textbook for a module addressing rudimentary fluid mechanics within the context of applied energy systems. It is at an introductory level for engineers or technologists. The book does not attempt to cover the principles of fluid mechanics comprehensively. Rather, it provides a practical but theoretically sound foundation, linked to two key areas: hydrostatic power transmission systems and the flow of fluids through pipes and fittings. This selection allows the two areas to be presented in some detail. Through this approach learners can put the principles of fluid mechanics into context, while developing their knowledge and understanding. Thus, they are prepared for applying the same and similar principles to a much broader range of practical applications in the future. A separate solutions manual is provided (also as a free download).

The book is downloadable as a free fluid mechanics textbook in PDF format under a Creative Commons license from the ARROW@DIT archive at:
http://arrow.dit.ie/engmecbk/4/

Friction Factor Diagram for Pipe Flow

Friction factor diagrams for pipe flow (Moody diagrams), including the Darcy friction factor diagram that is included in Applied Energy Systems — Rudimentary Fluid Mechanics, are available in the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) at the link below:
http://www.ndlr.ie/view/view.php?id=2200

A technical note that describes the basis on which the diagrams were prepared is available in the ARROW@DIT archive at: http://arrow.dit.ie/engschmecart/28. The Darcy friction factor diagram (often called a Moody diagram) is also available at the same link http://arrow.dit.ie/engschmecart/28 as a free download in PDF format. It is nominally in A3 size, prints perfectly and is usable in A4 size, scales as vector graphics (so on a tablet or computer screen it is possible to zoom in or use guides in some PDF reader applications without any pixellation) and is available in greyscale, or with coloured lines that make reading easier. The diagram, while highly accurate to the underlying formulae, has a tiny file size. It is on a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license as a free download.

 

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