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Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

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Authors of Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Kevin D. Dahm joined the Rowan University Chemical Engineering department in 1999 and was promoted from professor to Professor in 2013.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester polytechnic in 1992 and his Ph.D.

in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 He has published over 30 journal articles, many of which are within the area of engineering pedagogy,

on topics like instilling metacognition in engineering students, pedagogically sound uses for process simulation, and assessment of student learning.

He has received four national awards from the American Society for Engineering Education: the 2002 ASEE PIC-lll Award,

the 2003 Joseph J. Martin Award, the 2004 Raymond Fashion Award, and therefore the 2005 Corcoran Award.

In addition, he and his father Donald Dahm authored the book Interpreting Diffuse Reflectance and Transmittance: A Theoretical Introduction to Absorption Spectroscopy of Scattering Materials.

Prior to joining Rowan University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University.

Donald P. Visco, Jr. is that the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering within the College of Engineering at the University of Akron. He was previously employed at Tennessee Technological University.

Prof. Visco’s research work focuses on molecular design and thermodynamic modeling. He has won several awards for his research and academic activities, including both the Dept.

of Energy PECASE and therefore the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award. He has served as Chair of both the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division also because the Education Division of AIChE.

Prof. Visco received both his B.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, State University of latest York.

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 The Physical Properties of Pure Compounds
  • Chapter 3 Material and Energy Balances
  • Chapter 4 Entropy
  • Chapter 5 Thermodynamic Processes and Cycles
  • Chapter 6 Thermodynamic Models of Real, Pure Compounds
  • Chapter 7 Equations of State (EOS)
  • Chapter 8 Modeling Phase Equilibrium for Pure Components
  • Chapter 9 An Introduction to Mixtures
  • Chapter 10 Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium
  • Chapter 11 Theories and Models for Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium o Mixtures: Modified Raoult’s Law Approaches
  • Chapter 12 Theories and Models for Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium of Mixtures: Using Equations of State
  • Chapter 13 Liquid–Liquid, Vapor-Liquid–Liquid, and Solid-Liquid Equilibrium
  • Chapter 14 Fundamentals of reaction Equilibrium
  • Chapter 15 Synthesis of Thermodynamic Principles

Preface to Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Though we were undergraduate students a generation ago, we still remember how we, and lots of of our classmates, perceived the topic of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics once we first encountered it:

complex and abstract, with plenty of different equations and terms like “entropy” and “fugacity” that were often hard to attach to anything that seemed real (not to say the symbols, with an array of carats, overbars, subscripts, and superscripts).

As teachers of the topic , we can’t recoil from its complexity—we need to tackle it head-on. What we will do is frame the topic in ways in which make it more accessible.

The range of thermodynamics concepts and therefore the long lists of equations may always seem intimidating initially , but they needn’t seem arbitrary.

Our goal with this book is to supply a practical and relatable introduction for college kids who are encountering Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics for the primary time.

This is a crucial distinction since several of the foremost popular books on the topic for this course have also been used at the graduate level also .

By contrast, this book is actually aimed toward providing the “fundamentals” of chemical engineering thermodynamics for the undergraduate student.

Once complete, the scholar will have the right background for follow-on undergraduate courses that believe a solid foundation during this field of study or for advanced courses in thermodynamics.

In an attempt to supply this solid foundation in chemical engineering thermodynamics, we’ve incorporated several features into the book that are intended to form it more accessible to a good sort of learners:

Motivational Examples

Each chapter begins with a “Motivational Example” that introduces the subject of the chapter and illustrates its importance.

This is intended to profit all learners, but particularly global learners who require big picture insights to attach information, and technical learners who require a application for everything.

Worked Examples

The book makes extensive use of examples during which the thought process behind the answer is explained, step-by-step, and therefore the practical significance of the fabric is underscored. for a few problems, an expanded version of the answer is out there within the students’ electronic supplements.

Detailed Derivations

We have made an enormous effort to not skip steps within the derivation of key concepts and fundamental equations, rather than taking an additional step or two such the scholar (who is new the field) can follow the approach.

Margin Notes

The book makes extensive use of margin notes. These are intended to function a “voice over the reader’s shoulder” guiding them through the book. Placing these notes within the margins avoids interrupting the flow of the most text. The notes include three recurring themes:

Margin Notes: These should be interpreted as an aside to the reader, providing a stimulating fact about the concept being presented or a fast digression on the scientist or engineer related to the event of that idea .

Margin Notes: Pitfall Prevention: This special sort of margin note calls bent the reader where, from our experience, common errors (both conceptual and from a calculation standpoint) will normally occur.

Margin Notes: Food for Thought: These are special points that the reader might consider during a deeper way associated with the concept being presented.

Some are simpler while others are tougher . the scholar supplemental materials include feedback on the Food for Thought questions.

Exercises and Problems

Each chapter ends with problems suitable for homework, which are divided into “Exercises” and “Problems.” The Exercises are very focused and relatively short, and therefore the answers are included within the students’ supplemental materials.

Each exercise will test the student’s ability to use one specific concept or perform one specific sort of calculation, and therefore the student can obtain immediate feedback on whether he/she did it correctly. Problems are longer and need the synthesis of more concepts.

Solutions to problems are available to the trainer both electronically and during a printed solution manual. for several problems, the technology wont to reach the solutions (such as an Excel sheet) is provided for the trainer .


Each chapter is organized to be helpful to students with a spread of learning styles.

The introduction to every chapter includes an inventory of instructional objectives.
Each chapter closes with a bulleted summary that has definitions of key terms and highlights key concepts.
The book uses both inductive and deduction . In some places, key equations and/or concepts are developed within the context of an example, and after the instance , there’s a discussion of how the concept generalizes. In other places, a more traditional deductive approach is employed
The book comes with variety of additional resources for both students and instructors.

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