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This text is the first to provide an integrated introduction to basic engineering topics and the social implications of engineering practice. Aimed at beginning engineering students, the book presents the basic ideas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and combustion through a real-world engineering situation. It relates the engine to the atmosphere in which it moves and exhausts its waste products. The book also discusses the greenhouse effect and atmospheric inversions, and the social implications of engineering in a crowded world with increasing energy demands. Students in mechanical, civil, agricultural, environmental, aerospace, and chemical engineering will welcome this engaging, well-illustrated introduction to thermal-fluid engineering.Read more
- Class tested on first year course (at Cornell)
- Unique idea - explain basic thermal-fluid topics using a real engineering situation - the engine as it relates to the atmosphere
- Clear, engaging writing style
- Attention to the impact of engineering practice on the environment
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"Warhaft offers beginning students a compelling introduction to engineering analysis and the vital role engineers play in transforming society. In clear vernacular style the book explains how the automobile engine converts gasoline into power; analyzes why there are thermodynamic limits to design efficiency; and closes by examining the scope of atmospheric pollution engendered by the worldwide acceptance of the automobile." ChoiceSee more reviews
"This is very well done. It is this very thing that satisfies the author's objective in helping the beginning engineering student to build a firm foundation in making calculations.... suitable for use as a textbook and would appeal to engineering educators who teach introductory courses. It would make a good addition to any reference library." Applied Mechanics Reviews
"...the author states that his approach is somewhat novel, with an emphasis on the social implications of engineering. This is one of the great strengths of this book, which should have considerable appeal to a wide audience...clear and readable, and the book provides a very accessible introduction to a number of areas in engineering and physical science." Chemistry in Britain
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- Date Published: January 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521581004
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.68kg
- contains: 158 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
3. Fluid dynamics
4. Heat transfer
5. The atmosphere
6. Energy sources
7. The engine, the atmosphere, and the engineer.
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