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.

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 Refer


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About the author

Yehia M. El-Sayed

Affiliations and Expertise

Advanced Energy Systems Analysis, Freemont, CA, USA