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Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions


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This book deals with two important chapters in Applied Thermodynamics, viz. "Cycles for Gas Turbines and Jet propulsion" and "Vapor power cycles".
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This book deals with two important chapters in Applied Thermodynamics, viz. “Cycles for Gas Turbines and Jet propulsion” and “Vapor power cycles”.

Brayton cycle is the air standard cycle for Gas Turbines. Modifications to the Ideal Brayton cycle to increase the thermal efficiency are also studied; these include adding a regenerator and resorting to multistage compression in the compressor and multistage expansion in the turbine.

Jet propulsion cycle used for aircraft propulsion is also analysed.

Several Functions/ Procedures are written in Mathcad and EES to determine network, thermal efficiency etc of the Ideal and actual Brayton cycles.

“Vapour Power cycles” are analyzed with particular reference to Ideal Rankine cycle and its variations, used in Steam Power Plants.

Several useful Mathcad Functions are written for properties of steam in superheated and two-phase regions, since Mathcad does not have built-in Functions for steam, and these will be extremely useful in solving problems on Rankine cycle.

Also, many useful Functions/Procedures are written in EES for different variations of Rankine cycle.

In both these chapters, problems from University question papers and standard textbooks are solved with Mathcad, EES and TEST.

  1. Cycles for Gas Turbines and Jet propulsion
    1. Definitions, Statements and Formulas used [1-7]
    2. Problems solved with Mathcad
    3. Problems solved with EES
    4. Problems solved with TEST
    5. References
  2. Vapour Power Cycles
    1. Definitions, Statements and Formulas used[1-7]
    2. Problems solved with Mathcad
    3. Problems solved with EES
    4. Problems solved with TEST
    5. References
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About the Author

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Karnataka, India, in the year 1965. He obtained M.Sc (cryogenis) from University of Southampton, U.K. and Ph.D. (cryogenics) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Life Member, Indian Society for Technical Education, and a Foundation Fellow of Indian Cryogenics Council.

He has worked in India and abroad on large projects in the areas involving heat transfer, fluid flow, vacuum system design, cryo-pumping etc.

He worked as Head of Cryogenics Dept. in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay and Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT), Indore, from 1966 to 1992.

He worked as Guest Collaborator with Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory of Universities Research Association, in Dallas, USA from 1990 to 1993.

He also worked at the Institute of Cryogenics, Southampton, U.K. as a Visiting Research Fellow from 1993 to 1994.

He was Head of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India for eight years.

He also worked as Head of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, and then as Principal, Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur (D.K.), India.

He was Professor and coordinator of Post-graduate program in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in St. Joseph Engineering College, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, India.

A book entitled “Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer” authored by him and published by M/s Pearson Education, India (2006) has been adopted as a Text book for third year engineering students by the Visweswaraya Technological University (V.T.U.), Belgaum, India.

He has authored a free e-book entitled “Software Solutions to Problems on Heat Transfer” wherein problems are solved using 4 software viz. Mathcad, EES, FEHT and EXCEL. This book, containing about 2750 pages, is presented in 9 parts and all the 9 parts can be downloaded for free from

He has also authored free e-books on Thermodynamics entitled “Basic Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” and “Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” wherein problems are solved using 3 software viz. Mathcad, EES, and TEST. Each of these titles is presented in 5 parts and all the books can be downloaded for free from

He has also written and published three booklets entitled as follows:

  1. Towards Excellence…How to Study (A Guide book to Students)
  2. Towards Excellence…How to teach (A guide book to Teachers)
  3. Towards Excellence…Seminars, GD’s and Personal Interviews (A guide book to Professional and Management students)

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar has attended several National and International conferences and has more than 50 publications to his credit.