Direct Energy Conversion

Direct Energy Conversion : Fundamentals of Electric Power Production

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Direct Energy Conversion is written for the engineer with an interest in the performance of energy conversion processes that involve direct methods of producing electric power from heat and other primary sources. It examines the means available for converting heat to electricity without the intermediate generation of rotating shaft power. A physical and quantitative understanding of the limitations of a number of commercially interesting methods are developed to allow the reader assessment of the technologies for specific applications. The list of processes considered is limited by performance measured in terms of cost, conversion, efficiency, and power density. This book is a natural adjunct to Energy Conversion (OUP, 1994), which focuses on the thermodynamics and mechanics of heat.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 175.3 x 256.5 x 12.7mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, numerous line drawings, tables
  • 0195095723
  • 9780195095722

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Direct Energy Conversion is written for students and practicing engineers with an interest in the performance of energy conversion processes that involve direct methods of producing electric power from heat and other primary sources. It provides an in-depth development of key issues from the first principles of the underlying sciences, and examines the means available for converting heat to electricity without the intermediate generation of rotating shaft power. A physical and quantitative understanding of the limitations of a number of commercially interesting methods is developed in order to allow readers assessment of the technologies for specific applications. The list of processes considered is limited by performance measured in terms of cost, conversion efficiency, and power density. Ideal for senior undergraduate and graduate level courses in power production, energy conversion, and power systems, Direct Energy Conversion is also a natural adjunct to the author's previous text, Energy Conversion (OUP, 1994), which focuses on the thermodynamics and mechanics of heat.show more

Table of contents

1. Heat Engines ; 2. Flow with Electromagnetic Interaction ; 3. Plasmas and Electrical Conductivity of gases ; 4. Magnetohydrodynamics ; 5. Electrohydrodynamic Power Generation ; 6. Heat to Electricity Via Free Electrons: Thermionic Power Generation ; 7. Chemical Energy to Electricity: Electrochemistry ; 8. Semiconductors: Photoelectricity ; 9. Heat to Electricity Via Bound Electrons: Thermoelectricityshow more

Review quote

'The timely publication of this book is essential in covering an existing gap in the literature on subjects related to the direct conversion of heat energy into electricity... Fundamental principles are covered in a manner easily understood by the non-expert. The subjects are presented with enough in-depth information to stimulate interest in reading and further investigation. The material content is at a level that woud allow the reader to follow current research publications on these subjects.' P. J. Karditsas, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 211 Part A, 1997 ' The presentation of the material is straghtforward; the figures are legible and put forward their message. ...this book is a valuable addition to the engineering literature, and I would recommend it for use by postgraduate or senior undergraduate students specializing in thermal-fluid sciences or energy conversion, as well as for professional engineers who want a thorough introductin to direct energy conversoin methods.' P. J. Karditsas, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 211 Part A, 1997 '...in-depth introduction for graduate students and practising engineers...' Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 62, No. 7, July 1997show more