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Thermal science

Thermal science is the combined study of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. This umbrella-subject is typically designed for non-engineering students and functions to provide a general introduction to each of three core heat-related subjects.


Introductory subjects studied in thermal science generally are focused on thermodynamics. These include studies of properties of pure substances, pressure-volume-temperature diagrams, the ideal gas law, heat and it relationship to work, heat transfer, the laws of thermodynamics, engine and refrigeration cycles, and combustion.

A second area of concern in thermal science is fluid mechanics. These include fluid statics, fluid flows, i.e. laminar flow vs. turbulent flow, the Bernoulli equation etc. The applicability of this area is piping networks, turbomachineries, airfoils...etc.

The third area is heat transfer. Applications include, heat exchangers, heat engines, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning, and cooling of microelectronics.

Intensive study of thermal sciences requires additional knowledge and experience in other areas such as experimental techniques and numerical or computational methods.

See also

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Potter, M. & Scott, E. (2003). Thermal Sciences: An Introduction to Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer. New York: Thomson-Engineering. ISBN 0-534-38521-4

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