Thermodynamics of Heat Engines

SCIENCES - Physics of Energy and Energy Efficiency

Thermodynamics of Heat Engines

Edited by

Bernard Desmet, ENSIAME – Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, France

ISBN : 9781789450750

Publication Date : January 2023

Hardcover 256 pp

165.00 USD



Optimizing the process of converting heat into mechanical power is a major challenge when it comes to meeting targets for protecting primary energy resources and minimizing our environmental impact. For many years to come, the use of thermal engines will continue to be necessary for transportation on land, by sea and by air, as well as for many industrial applications.

Against this background, Thermodynamics of Heat Engines aims to present a comprehensive overview of the thermodynamic concepts, including combustion, that are necessary for understanding the phenomena governing the energy efficiency of internal and external combustion engines as well as that of gas turbines and jet propulsion engines.

Existing and developing industrial applications, based on combined heat and power (CHP) or the use of staged cycles, are presented, with particular attention paid to the recovery of low-temperature waste heat.
This book, which is mainly intended for university and engineering students but is also useful for engineers and technicians working in the fields concerned, provides a basis for reflection on the optimization of energy systems.


1. Energy Conversion: Thermodynamic Basics by Georges Descombes and Bernard Desmet.
2. Internal Combustion Engines by Bernard Desmet.
3. Aeronautical and Space Propulsion by Yannick Muller and François Cottier.
4. Combustion and Conversion of Energy by Bernard Desmet.
5. Engines with an External Heat Supply by Georges Descombes and Bernard Desmet.
6. Energy Recovery – Waste Heat Recovery by Mohamed Mebarkia.

About the authors/editors

Bernard Desmet is a former professor at ENSIAME – Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France and has directed doctoral theses in energy. He is a member of the French Society of Heat Science (SFT).

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