The Thermoeconomics of Energy Conversions


  • Yehia M. El-Sayed, Advanced Energy Systems Analysis, Freemont, CA, USA

The Thermoeconomics of Energy Conversions presents the developed methodologies that reveal the cost effectiveness of energy-resource-saving ideas design. This book discusses the theory of thermoeconomics.Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of the foundation of the design analysis of systems that use or produce useful forms of energy. This text then examines the rational basis for costing energy conversion devices for the purpose of optimal system design. Other chapters consider the enhancement of system optimization. This book discusses as well the significance of the design models of energy conversion devices as rich resources for predicting both their costs and overall performance of their system. The final chapter deals with the software of the accompanying compact disc.This book is a valuable resource for engineers and scientists who are involved in the development of efficient energy conversion systems. Students, system designers, and device designers will also find this book useful.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2003
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-044270-9


"This book combines two very important subjects, the thermodynamics of energy conversions and the economics of energy conversions, a job that has never been done so comprehensive before. In addition, the CD-ROM provides tutorials and programs for use by practising engineers and advanced students. Dr El-Sayed has been there and done it all, both in academia and in industry, a very unique combination that allows him not only to explain the theory but also to make the applications clear and realistic".
Jesse Denton, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Conversion and Management

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

1.1 The Emerging Concerns

1.2 The Complexity of the Design Space

1.3 The Level of Details of a System Description

1.4 The Interaction of Energy and Materials Requirements

1.5 The History of Thermoeconomics Development

1.6 The Question Posed for Thermoeconomic Analysis

1.7 The Importance of an Integrated Database

1.8 The Main Pillars of Thermoeconomic Analysis

1.9 General References

2 Improved Thermodynamic Analysis

2.1 The Exergy Function

2.2 The Thermodynamic Analysis of a System in the Steady State

2.3 Tutorial

2.4 References

3 Improved Costing Analysis

3.1 The Objective Function as a Cost Function

3.2 Making and Operating Resources of an Energy-Conversion Device

3.3 The Quantification of the Making and Operating Resources for a Device

3.4 Making and Operating Resources of a System of Devices

3.5 The Cost Indices CF, {Czi}, and {Cai}

3.6 Combining Second-Law and Costing Analyses (Thermoeconomic Analysis)

3.7 Tutorial

3.8 Selected References

4 Enhanced System Optimization

4.1 A Two-Level Decomposition Strategy

4.2 Decomposition at the Discipline Level

4.3 Decomposition at the Device Level

4.4 More on the Objective Function and on Decomposition

4.5 Programming Thermoeconomic Analysis

4.6 Tutorial

4.7 Selected References

5 The Manipulation of the Design Models of Devices

5.1 Multidisciplinary Problems in General

5.2 The Communication Between the Disciplines of Thermodynamics and Design

5.3 A Heat Exchange Device

5.4 Tutorial

5.5 Selected References

6 Off-Design Performance Due to Load Variation

6.1 Managing the Inefficiency of Variable-Load Operation

6.2 Predicting the Part-Load Performance of a System of Devices

6.3 Handling the System-Design of Variable-Load Problems

6.4 Optimal Operation of a Facility of Systems of Same Product

6.5 Tutorial

6.6 Selected References

7 Application Examples

7.1 Time-Independent Production

7.2 Time-Dependent Production

7.3 Closing Remarks

7.4 Selected References

8 Software, Analyzed Systems and their Flow Diagrams:

8.1 Contents of the Compact Disc

8.2 Brief Description of the Six Executable Tools

8.3 The Analyzed Systems and Their Flow Diagrams

9 Appendices

Appendix 9.1 Some Useful Forms of the Flow Exergy

Appendix 9.2 Thermodynamic and Design Models

Appendix 9.3 Capital and Performance Equations

Appendix 9.4 Refreshing Basic Engineering Material

Appendix 9.5 Selected General Properties

Appendix 9.6 A Selected Compilation of Heat Transfer Film Coefficients and Friction Factors

Appendix 9.7 Glossary

Appendix 9.8 Nomenclature

Appendix 9.9 Constants and Conversion Factors

Subject Index