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Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions


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Language:  English
This book deals with two chapters: Psychrometrics and Reactive systems.
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This book deals with two chapters: Psychrometrics and Reactive systems.

Under Psychrometrics, which is the study of properties of air-water vapor mixtures, we, first give the definitions of various terms and also the thermodynamic equations to determine various psychrometric properties. Then, some psychrometric processes adopted in air-conditioning are explained with the help of Psychrometric chart. Two very good stand-alone calculators to quickly calculate various Psychrometric properties are explained.

Several very useful Functions are written in Mathcad to calculate various psychrometric properties. A summary of the Mathcad Functions written is also provided.

Under Reactive systems, basically, we deal with combustion. Combustion equations and their balancing by atoms of constituents is presented.

Stoichiometric Air-Fuel (AF) ratio, actual AF ratio, percent excess air, equivalence ratio etc are explained. Enthalpy of formation of compounds, enthalpy of combustion or enthalpy of reaction are explained.

Tables of enthalpies of formation and other tables for enthalpies of different species required for combustion calculations are presented.

Heat transfer during combustion and Adiabatic flame temperature are explained.

Also, many useful functions are written in Mathcad and EES and several problems are solved using Mathcad, EES and TEST to illustrate the problem solving techniques in both the chapters.

  1. Psychrometrics
    1. Definitions, Statements and Formulas used [1-11]
    2. Problems solved with Mathcad
    3. Problems solved with Psychrometric chart
    4. Problems solved with EES
    5. Problems solved with TEST
    6. References
  2. Reactive Systems
    1. Definitions, Statements and Formulas used [1-11]
    2. Problems solved with Mathcad
    3. Problems solved with EES
    4. Problems solved with TEST
    5. References

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.