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Entropy Based Design and Analysis of Fluids Engineering Systems

1st Edition

By Greg F. Naterer, Jose A. Camberos

CRC Press

344 pages | 130 B/W Illus.

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From engineering fluid mechanics to power systems, information coding theory and other fields, entropy is key to maximizing performance in engineering systems. It serves a vital role in achieving the upper limits of efficiency of industrial processes and quality of manufactured products. Entropy based design (EBD) can shed new light on various flow processes, ranging from optimized flow configurations in an aircraft engine to highly ordered crystal structures in a turbine blade.

Entropy Based Design of Fluid Engineering Systems provides an overview of EBD as an emerging technology with applications to aerospace, microfluidics, heat transfer, and other disciplines. The text extends past analytical methods of Entropy Generation Minimization to numerical simulations involving more complex configurations and experimental measurement techniques.

The book begins with an extensive development of basic concepts, including the mathematical properties of entropy and exergy, as well as statistical and numerical formulations of the second law. It then goes on to describe topics related to incompressible flows and the Second Law in microfluidic systems. The authors develop computational and experimental methods for identifying problem regions within a system through the local rates of entropy production. With these techniques, designers can use EBD to focus on particular regions where design modifications can be made to improve system performance. Numerous case studies illustrate the concepts in each chapter, and cover an array of applications including supersonic flows, condensation and turbulence.

A one-of-a-kind reference, Entropy Based Design of Fluid Engineering Systems outlines new advances showing how local irreversibilities can be detected in complex configurations so that engineering devices can be re-designed locally to improve overall performance.


"The authors have done an excellent job in providing a clear, concise and well-presented description of the entropy-based design of fluid engineering systems . . . up-to-date references."

—Kedar N. Shukla, in Zentralblatt Math, 2009

Table of Contents



Governing Equations of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer

Mathematical Properties of Entropy and Exergy

Governing Equations of Entropy and the Second Law

Formulation of Entropy Production and Exergy Destruction

Statistical and Numerical Formulations of the Second Law


Conservation Laws as Moments of the Boltzmann Equation

Extended Probability Distributions

Selected Multivariate Probability Distribution Functions

Concave Entropy Functions

Statistical Formulation of the Second Law

Numerical Formulation of the Second Law

Predicted Irreversibilities of Incompressible Flows


Entropy Transport Equation for Incompressible Flows

Formulation of Loss Coefficients with Entropy Production

Upper Entropy Bounds in Closed Systems

Case Study of Automotive Fuel Cell Design

Case Study of Fluid Machinery Design

Measured Irreversibilities of Incompressible Flows


Experimental Techniques of Irreversibility Measurement

Case Study of Magnetic Stirring Tank Design

Case Study of Natural Convection in Cavities

Measurement Uncertainties

Entropy Production in Microfluidic Systems


Pressure-Driven Flow in Microchannels

Applied Electric Field in Microchannels

Micropatterned Surfaces with Open Microchannels

Numerical Error Indicators and the Second Law


Discretization Errors of Numerical Convection Schemes

Physical Plausibility of Numerical Results

Entropy Difference in Residual Error Indicators

Numerical Stability and the Second Law


Stability Norms

Entropy Stability of Finite Difference Schemes

Stability of Shock Capturing Methods

Entropy Transport with Phase Change Heat Transfer


Entropy Transport Equations for Solidification and Melting

Heat and Entropy Analogies in Phase Change Processes

Numerical Stability of Phase Change Computations

Thermal Control of Phase Change with Inverse Methods

Entropy Production with Film Condensation

Entropy Production in Turbulent Flows


Reynolds Averaged Entropy Transport Equations

Eddy Viscosity Models of Mean Entropy Production

Turbulence Modeling with the Second Law

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics