The Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook entitled Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Flow was prepared as an information resource for personnel who are responsible for the operation of the Department’s nuclear facilities. A basic understanding of the thermal sciences is necessary for DOE nuclear facility operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff to safely operate and maintain the facility and facility support systems. The information in the handbook is presented to provide a foundation for applying engineering concepts to the job. This knowledge will help personnel more fully understand the impact that their actions may have on the safe and reliable operation of facility components and systems.
The Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Flow handbook consists of three modules that are contained in three volumes. The following is a brief description of the information presented in each module of the handbook.
Module 1 – Thermodynamics
This module explains the properties of fluids and how those properties are affected by various processes. The module also explains how energy balances can be performed on facility systems or components and how efficiency can be calculated.
Module 2 – Heat Transfer
This module describes conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. The module also explains how specific parameters can affect the rate of heat transfer.
Module 3 – Fluid Flow
This module describes the relationship between the different types of energy in a fluid stream through the use of Bernoulli’s equation. The module also discusses the causes of head loss in fluid systems and what factors affect head loss