- Thermal science
Thermal science is the combined study of
thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. This umbrella-subject is typically designed for non-engineering students and functions to provide a general introduction to each of three core heat-related subjects.
Introductory subjects studied in thermal science generally are focused on
thermodynamics. These include studies of properties of pure substances, pressure-volume-temperature diagrams, the ideal gas law, heatand it relationship to work, heat transfer, the laws of thermodynamics, engine and refrigerationcycles, and combustion.
A second area of concern in thermal science is
fluid mechanics. These include fluid statics, fluid flows, i.e. laminar flowvs. turbulent flow, the Bernoulli equationetc. The applicability of this area is piping networks, turbomachineries, airfoils...etc.
The third area is
heat transfer. Applications include, heat exchangers, heat engines, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning, and cooling of microelectronics.
Potter, M. & Scott, E. (2003). "Thermal Sciences: An Introduction to Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer." New York: Thomson-Engineering. ISBN 0-534-38521-4
* [http://thermalscience.vin.bg.ac.yu/ Thermal Science] - International Scientific Journal
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