Direct Energy Conversion: Fundamentals of Electric Power Production

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byReiner Decher

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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 thefirst 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 inorder 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, energyconversion, 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.

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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 thefirst principles of the underlying sciences, ...

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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,...

Reiner Decher is at University of Washington, Seattle.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 4.25 × 9.49 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195095723

ISBN - 13:9780195095722

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Table of Contents

1. Heat Engines2. Flow with Electromagnetic Interaction3. Plasmas and Electrical Conductivity of gases4. Magnetohydrodynamics5. Electrohydrodynamic Power Generation6. Heat to Electricity Via Free Electrons: Thermionic Power Generation7. Chemical Energy to Electricity: Electrochemistry8. Semiconductors: Photoelectricity9. Heat to Electricity Via Bound Electrons: Thermoelectricity