Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 2nd edition

Published by Pearson (February 6, 2012) © 2012

  • J Richard Elliott
  • Carl T. Lira Michigan State University


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In this book, two leading experts and long-time instructors thoroughly explain therodynamics, taking the molecular perspective that working engineers require (and competitive books often avoid). This new Second Edition contains extensive new coverage of today's fast-growing biochemical engineering applications, notably biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals. It also presents many new MATLAB examples and tools to complement its previous usage of Excel and other software.
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  • Clear, colloquial, easy to use - and the only book in its market that focuses on the molecular perspective working engineers need
  • Contains new MATLAB examples and tools, extensive new coverage of biochemical engineering and biomass conversions, and many other improvements
  • Teaches molecular modeling and product design techniques that are rapidly being adopted in the marketplace
  • Hierarchical instruction with increasing levels of detail: Content requiring deeper levels of theory is clearly delineated in separate sections and chapters
  • Early introduction to the overall perspective of composite systems like distillation columns, reactive processes, and biological systems
  • Learning objectives, problem-solving strategies for energy balances and phase equilibria, chapter summaries, and “important equations” for every chapter
  • Extensive practical examples, especially coverage of non-ideal mixtures, which include water contamination via hydrocarbons, polymer blending/recycling, oxygenated fuels, hydrogen bonding, osmotic pressure, electrolyte solutions, zwitterions and biological molecules, and other contemporary issues
  • Supporting software in formats for both MATLAB® and spreadsheets
  • Online supplemental sections and resources including instructor slides, ConcepTests, coursecast videos, and other useful resources
  • Please note - the solutions manual for this book is available in print only; it is not available on the IRC. The ISBN for the print solutions manual is 0132788527.

Content changes include:

  • Extensive new coverage of today's fast-growing biochemical engineering applications, notably biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals. The text also presents many new MATLAB examples and tools to complement its previous usage of Excel® and other software. New and updated material includes:
    • Integrated discussions of biological thermodynamics throughout
    • Clear learning objectives and outcomes for each chapter, provided as a web supplement
    • More examples focusing on the First and Second Laws of thermodynamics and fluid phase equilibria in mixtures
    • A new overview of mixture modeling concepts
    • Reorganized, enhanced coverage of van der Waals and local composition models
    • A brand-new chapter on molecular simulations
    • Expanded coverage of stability theory
    • Updated online supplements and new online teaching tools, including ConceptTesting

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  • Unit I: First and Second Laws
  • Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
  • Chapter 2: The Energy Balance
  • Chapter 3: Energy Balances for Composite Systems
  • Chapter 4: Entropy 1
  • Chapter 5: Thermodynamics Of Processes
  • Unit II: Generalized Analysis of Fluid Properties
  • Chapter 6: Classical Thermodynamics – Generalizations For Any Fluid
  • Chapter 7: Engineering Equations of State for PVT Properties
  • Chapter 8: Departure Functions
  • Chapter 9: Phase Equilibrium in a Pure Fluid
  • Unit III: Fluid Phase Equilibria in Mixtures
  • Chapter 10: Introduction to Multicomponent Systems
  • Chapter 11: An Introduction To Activity Models
  • Chapter 12: van der Waals Activity Models
  • Chapter 13: Local Composition Activity Models
  • Chapter 14: Liquid-Liquid and Solid-Liquid Phase Equilibria
  • Chapter 15: Phase Equilibria in Mixtures by an Equation of State
  • Chapter 16: Advanced Phase Diagrams
  • Unit IV: Reaction Equilibria
  • Chapter 17: Reaction Equilibria
  • Chapter 18: Electrolyte Solutions
  • Chapter 19: Molecular Association and Solvation
  • Appendix A: Summary of Computer Programs
  • Appendix B: Mathematics
  • Appendix C: Strategies for Solving VLE Problems
  • Appendix D: Models for Process Simulators
  • Appendix E: Themodynamic Properties
  • Index
J. Richard Elliott is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio. He has taught courses ranging from freshman tools to senior process design as well as thermodynamics at every level. He has worked with the NIST lab in Boulder and ChemStations in Houston. He holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Carl T. Lira is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. He teaches thermodynamics at all levels, chemical kinetics, and material and energy balances. He has been recognized with the Amoco Excellence in Teaching Award and multiple presentations of the MSU Withrow Teaching Excellence Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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