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Thermodynamics and Propulsion

Additional References

These notes provide an introduction to engineering heat transfer. Heat transfer processes set limits to the performance of aerospace components and systems and the subject is one of an enormous range of application. The notes are intended to describe the three types of heat transfer and provide basic tools to enable the readers to estimate the magnitude of heat transfer rates in realistic aerospace applications. There are also a number of excellent texts on the subject; some accessible references which expand the discussion in the notes:
  • Eckert, E. R. G. and Drake, R. M., Heat and Mass Transfer, McGraw Hill Book Company, 1959.
  • Eckert, E. R. G. and Drake, R. M., Analysis of Heat and Mass Transfer, Hemisphere Pub. Corp., 1987.
  • Incropera, F. P. and Dewitt, D. P., Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, Wiley, 1990.
  • Lienhard, J. H., A Heat Transfer Textbook, Prentice-Hall, 1987. Mills, A. F., Heat Transfer, Irwin, 1992.