2nd Edition

Thermodynamics Made Simple for Energy Engineers & Engineers in Other Disciplines

By S. Bobby Rauf Copyright 2023
    378 Pages 73 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations
    by River Publishers

    378 Pages 73 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations
    by River Publishers

    Every non-fiction book has an objective or mission. The mission of this book is to give the reader an overview of the important principles, concepts and analytical techniques pertaining to thermodynamics, written in a fashion that makes this abstract and complex subject relatively easy to comprehend. The audience this text speaks to includes engineers, professionals with science and math backgrounds, energy professionals, and technicians. The content is presented in a way which also allows many non-engineering professionals to follow the material and glean useful knowledge. For energy engineers who have been away from direct engineering practice for a while, this book will serve as a quick and effective refresher. Thermodynamics topics such as enthalpy, entropy, latent heat, sensible heat, heat of fusion, and heat of sublimation are explained and illustrated in detail. Also covered are phases of substances, the law of conservation of energy, SFEE, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, ideal gas laws, and pertinent formulas. The author examines various thermodynamic processes, as well as heat and power cycles such as Rankine and Carnot. Case studies are used to illustrate various thermodynamics principles, and each chapter concludes with a list of questions or problems for self-assessment, with answers provided at the end of the book.


    1. Introduction to Energy, Heat and Thermodynamics

    2. Thermodynamics and Power

    3. Study of Enthalpy and Entropy

    4. Understanding Mollier Diagram

    5. Saturated and Superheated Steam Tables

    6. Phases of Water and Associated Thermodynamics

    7. Laws of Thermodynamics

    8. Thermodynamic Processes

    9. Gas Dynamics

    10. Psychrometry and Psychrometric Analysis

    11. Refrigeration Cycles and HVAC Systems


    Mr. Bobby Rauf is the President, Chief Consultant and a Senior Instructor at Sem-Train, LLC. Mr. Rauf has over 25 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate engineering, science, math, business administration and MBA courses, seminars, and workshops. Mr. Rauf earned his BSc in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from NC State University, USA. He earned his Executive MBA degree from Pfeiffer University, USA. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Virginia, Wyoming, and North Carolina and is a Certified Energy Manager. He holds a patent in process controls technology. Mr. Rauf’s last full-time engineering employment, in the corporate world, was at PPG Industries, Inc. where he served as a Senior Staff Engineer. Mr. Rauf was inducted as "Legend in Energy" by AEE, in 2014. Mr. Rauf is a member of ASEE, American Society of Engineering Education, and has developed and instructed Professional Engineering and Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (NCEES) Prep Courses over the past twenty years. Mr. Rauf develops and instructs PDH (Professional Development Hour) and continuing education, engineering skill building seminars and courses. See testimonials from past attendees at www.sem-train.com. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Gardner-Webb University. Mr. Rauf has published multiple texts over the last ten years.