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Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers (Paperback): Barry L. Dorr Ten Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers (Paperback)
Barry L. Dorr
R1,074 R991 Discovery Miles 9 910 Save R83 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The book is a review of essential skills that an entry-level or experienced engineer must be able to demonstrate on a job interview and perform when hired. It will help engineers prepare for interviews by demonstrating application of basic principles to practical problems. Hiring managers will find the book useful because it defines a common ground between the student's academic background and the company's product or technology-specific needs, thereby allowing managers to minimize their risk when making hiring decisions. Ten Essential Skills contains a series of "How to" chapters. Each chapter realizes a goal, such as designing an active filter or designing a discrete servo. The primary value of these chapters, however, is that they apply engineering fundamentals to practical problems. The book is a handy reference for engineers in their first years on the job. * Enables recent graduates in engineering to succeed in challenging technical interviews * Written in an intuitive, easy-to-follow style for the benefit of busy students and employers * Book focuses on the intersection between company-specific knowledge and engineering fundamentals * Companion website includes interview practice problems and advanced material

Proceedings of Second International Conference on Electrical Systems, Technology and Information 2015 (ICESTI 2015) (Hardcover,... Proceedings of Second International Conference on Electrical Systems, Technology and Information 2015 (ICESTI 2015) (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Felix Pasila, Yusak Tanoto, Resmana Lim, Murtiyanto Santoso, Nemuel Daniel Pah
R5,930 R5,267 Discovery Miles 52 670 Save R663 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book includes the original, peer-reviewed research papers from the 2nd International Conference on Electrical Systems, Technology and Information (ICESTI 2015), held in September 2015 at Patra Jasa Resort & Villas Bali, Indonesia. Topics covered include: Mechatronics and Robotics, Circuits and Systems, Power and Energy Systems, Control and Industrial Automation, and Information Theory. It explores emerging technologies and their application in a broad range of engineering disciplines, including communication technologies and smart grids. It examines hybrid intelligent and knowledge-based control, embedded systems, and machine learning. It also presents emerging research and recent application in green energy system and storage. It discusses the role of electrical engineering in biomedical, industrial and mechanical systems, as well as multimedia systems and applications, computer vision and image and signal processing. The primary objective of this series is to provide references for dissemination and discussion of the above topics. This volume is unique in that it includes work related to hybrid intelligent control and its applications. Engineers and researchers as well as teachers from academia and professionals in industry and government will gain valuable insights into interdisciplinary solutions in the field of emerging electrical technologies and its applications.

History of the Theories of Aether and Electricity, Vol. I - The Classical Theories; Vol. II: The Modern Theories, 1900-1926... History of the Theories of Aether and Electricity, Vol. I - The Classical Theories; Vol. II: The Modern Theories, 1900-1926 (Paperback, New edition)
Sir Edmund Whittaker
R701 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R181 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Privileged Pincer-Metal Platform: Coordination Chemistry & Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Gerard van Koten, Robert... The Privileged Pincer-Metal Platform: Coordination Chemistry & Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Gerard van Koten, Robert A Gossage
R7,905 R6,352 Discovery Miles 63 520 Save R1,553 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The series Topics in Organometallic Chemistry presents critical overviews of research results in organometallic chemistry. As our understanding of organometallic structure, properties and mechanisms increases, new ways are opened for the design of organometallic compounds and reactions tailored to the needs of such diverse areas as organic synthesis, medical research, biology and materials science. Thus the scope of coverage includes a broad range of topics in pure and applied organometallic chemistry, where new breakthroughs are being achieved that are of significance to a larger scientific audience. The individual volumes of Topics in Organometallic Chemistry are thematic. Review articles are generally invited by the volume editors.

Aided Navigation: GPS with High Rate Sensors (Hardcover, Ed): Jay Farrell Aided Navigation: GPS with High Rate Sensors (Hardcover, Ed)
Jay Farrell
R3,127 Discovery Miles 31 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Design Cutting-Edge Aided Navigation Systems for Advanced Commercial & Military Applications Aided Navigation is a design-oriented textbook and guide to building aided navigation systems for smart cars, precision farming vehicles, smart weapons, unmanned aircraft, mobile robots, and other advanced applications. The navigation guide contains two parts explaining the essential theory, concepts, and tools, as well as the methodology in aided navigation case studies with sufficient detail to serve as the basis for application-oriented analysis and design. Filled with detailed illustrations and examples, this expert design tool takes you step-by-step through coordinate systems, deterministic and stochastic modeling, optimal estimation, and navigation system design. Authoritative and comprehensive, Aided Navigation features: End-of-chapter exercises throughout Part I In-depth case studies of aided navigation systems Numerous Matlab-based examples Appendices define notation, review linear algebra, and discuss GPS receiver interfacing Source code and sensor data to support examples is available through the publisher-supported website Inside this Complete Guide to Designing Aided Navigation Systems * Aided Navigation Theory: Introduction to Aided Navigation * Coordinate Systems * Deterministic Modeling * Stochastic Modeling * Optimal Estimation * Navigation System Design * Navigation Case Studies: Global Positioning System (GPS) * GPS-Aided Encoder * Attitude and Heading Reference System * GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS) * Acoustic Ranging and Doppler-Aided INS

Applications in Electronics Pervading Industry, Environment and Society - APPLEPIES 2014 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Alessandro... Applications in Electronics Pervading Industry, Environment and Society - APPLEPIES 2014 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Alessandro De Gloria
R4,037 R3,167 Discovery Miles 31 670 Save R870 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a thorough overview of cutting-edge research on electronics applications relevant to industry, the environment, and society at large. A wide spectrum of application domains are covered, from automotive to space and from health to security and special attention is devoted to the use of embedded devices and sensors for imaging, communication and control. The book is based on the 2014 APPLEPIES Conference, held in Rome, which brought together researchers and stakeholders to consider the most significant current trends in the field of applied electronics and to debate visions for the future. Areas covered by the conference included information communication technology; biotechnology and biomedical imaging; space; secure, clean and efficient energy; the environment; and smart, green and integrated transport. As electronics technology continues to develop apace, constantly meeting previously unthinkable targets, further attention needs to be directed toward the electronics applications and the development of systems that facilitate human activities. This book, written by industrial and academic professionals, will hopefully contribute in this endeavor.

Grate-Fired Energy Crop Conversion - Experiences with Brassica Carinata and Populus sp. (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Maryori C.... Grate-Fired Energy Crop Conversion - Experiences with Brassica Carinata and Populus sp. (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Maryori C. Diaz-Ramirez
R3,760 R2,922 Discovery Miles 29 220 Save R838 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides important insights into the combustion behavior of novel energy crops and agricultural fuels. It describes a new experimental approach to combustion evaluation, involving fundamental, bench-scale and commercial-scale studies. The studies presented were conducted on two representative biomass energy crops: a woody biomass poplar (Populus sp. or poplar) and an herbaceous biomass brassica (Brassica carinata or brassica). Moreover, agricultural residues of Manihot esculenta or cassava were also analyzed. The main accomplishments of this work are threefold. Firstly, it offers an extensive characterization of the above-mentioned fuels, their ash chemistry and their emissions of both solid particles and gaseous compounds that form at typical grate combustion conditions. Secondly, it presents an in-depth analysis of ash fractionation processes for major ash species. Thirdly, it describes the role of some critical and volatile key elements (K, Cl, S and P) in grate-fired combustion systems and elucidates the main differences in the ash chemistry during combustion of Si-rich and P-rich fuels. All in all, this work provides novel insights on the basic and fundamental mechanisms of biomass grate combustion with a special focus on ash transformation and highlights important issues and recommendations that need to be considered for an appropriate conversion of ash-rich fuels and for the development of future technology in the context of both small- and medium-scale biomass-based heat and power production.

DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control (Hardcover): Hamid A. Toliyat, Steven G. Campbell DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control (Hardcover)
Hamid A. Toliyat, Steven G. Campbell
R4,598 Discovery Miles 45 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although the programming and use of a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) may not be the most complex process, utilizing DSPs in applications such as motor control can be extremely challenging for the first-time user. DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control provides a general application guide for students and engineers who want to implement DSP-based motion control systems in products and industrial systems.

This overview explains the benefits of integrating DSP into motion control, detailing the degree of freedom provided by a a DSP for the development of constructive, computationally extensive algorithms. The authors explain how the use of these advanced algorithms can drastically increase the performance and efficiency of an electromechanical system.

Chapters are supported by laboratory exercises, enabling you to immediately apply the information to practical scenarios. Following an extensive analysis of the LF2407 DSP processor, the book presents numerous real-world applications, demonstrating current use and inspiring future development.

Complex Behavior of Switching Power Converters (Hardcover): Chi Kong Tse Complex Behavior of Switching Power Converters (Hardcover)
Chi Kong Tse
R5,339 Discovery Miles 53 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Power electronics is a discipline spawned by real-life applications and evolving from the need to solve power conversion problems. Historically, system implementations or circuit topologies found widespread application long before they were thoroughly analyzed. Today, however, engineers must thoroughly understand the nonlinear behavior of a system to achieve the better design, functionality, and reliability that modern applications demand.

Complex Behavior of Switching Power Converters provides a systematic treatment of the procedures for observing, identifying, and diagnosing switching converter phenomena such as chaos and bifurcation. After a review of the fundamentals, the author presents some recent findings and discusses computer, laboratory, and modeling techniques for studying complex behaviors. The focus then moves to the nonlinear dynamics of various switching coverters. Here the author emphasizes circuit operation rather than mathematical abstraction, and whenever possibe, explains phenomena in terms of the physical circuit operation.

Knowing when and how nonlinear phenomena occur is essential in the design and operation of power electronics. With a careful balance of theory, computer techniques, and laboratory experiments, this treatment forms a practical reference for engineers and an ideal starting point for anyone who needs a basic understanding of analyzing complex behavior in power converters.

Solar-to-Fuel Conversion in Algae and Cyanobacteria (Paperback, 2015 ed.): Cinzia Formighieri Solar-to-Fuel Conversion in Algae and Cyanobacteria (Paperback, 2015 ed.)
Cinzia Formighieri
R1,605 R1,356 Discovery Miles 13 560 Save R249 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume is focused on solar-to-fuel conversion using algae and cyanobacteria for advanced generation biofuels. Production of biofuels needs to rely on cheap and renewable resources, in order to be economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term. Solar energy is an abundant and renewable resource, and strategies for solar-to-fuel conversion have the potential to sustain our energy demands in the long term and to be carbon-dioxide neutral. First generation biofuels are those already on the market, such as bio-ethanol from sugarcane and corn starch, biodiesel from oil seed crops. However, development of a single biofuel, as efficient as it may be, would be insufficient and could not sustain the global demand for energy. The next generation of advanced biofuels explores alternative feedstocks and technologies, finding novel solar-to-fuel solutions. Algae and cyanobacteria can convert sunlight into chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. They represent an alternative with respect to crops for solar-to-fuel conversion that does not compete with food for arable land. This SpringerBrief focuses only on solar-to-fuel conversion for production of advanced biofuels, pointing to the importance of relying on the sun for our sustainability in the long term. It is the only current publication to discuss the problem of light-utilization inefficiency during mass cultivation of micro-algae. This review also addresses the potential of cyanobacteria for the generation of direct photosynthesis-to-fuel platforms and discusses both possibilities and constraints for future developments.

Folded Unipole Antennas: Theory and Applications (Hardcover, Ed): Jeremy Raines Folded Unipole Antennas: Theory and Applications (Hardcover, Ed)
Jeremy Raines
R3,109 Discovery Miles 31 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Harness the Latest Advances in Folded Unipole Antenna Technology,Including New Detuning, Geophysical and Biomedical Applications Folded Unipole Antennas: Theory and Applications is the first comprehensive sourcebook on the design and uses of folded unipole antenna technology, featuring never-before-published mathematical equations and configurations. Written by Jeremy K. Raines, an internationally recognized antenna expert, this unique "one-stop" reference offers you a detailed account of the physics underlying the remarkably compact, broadband, and versatile folded unipole antenna, as well as mathematical models suitable for design and analysis. Filled with helpful illustrations, Folded Unipole Antennas features: Never-before-published electromagnetic field equations that remove obstacles to improving design and extending use A full chapter on detuning, a process that reduces radar scattering cross section and electronically eliminates structures causing unwanted radiation and interference A full chapter about arrays of folded unipoles, featuring a new and easier approach to describing the electromagnetic coupling between elements A wide range of folded unipole antenna applications, including detuning, multiplexing, geophysical prospecting, and biomedical sensing Inside This Landmark Antenna Engineering Guide * Introducing the Folded Unipole Antenna * The Simplest Configuration * The Two-Stage Unipole * The Three-Stage Unipole * The N-Stage Unipole * The Most General Configuration * Antenna End Effect and Top Loading * Arbitrary Cross Sections * Detuning * Arrays of Folded Unipoles * Present and Future Applications

Urban Transportation and the Environment - Issues, Alternatives and Policy Analysis (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Sudhakar Yedla Urban Transportation and the Environment - Issues, Alternatives and Policy Analysis (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Sudhakar Yedla
R2,540 R2,079 Discovery Miles 20 790 Save R461 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The book deals with urban transportation planning in light of environmental sustainability and social equity. It begins with a review of the Indian urban transportation system and the issues surrounding it, and discusses the alternatives and policy directions that are being considered. It examines all the environmental issues arising out of transportation as a sector and assesses the alternatives that can be considered to improve sustainability. Further, the book not only analyses transportation modes that cater to the travel needs of the poor, so as to make them more socially equitable, but also explores measures to promote them using a multi-criteria and multi-stakeholder approach. It addresses the barriers that are bottlenecks for the implementation of cleaner fuels and modes of transport and presents an incremental approach to tackle environmental concerns, including climate change, when planning transportation in the long term. Finally, it presents the dilemma of city administrators in choosing between strategies aimed at local pollution control and those aimed at limiting global emissions. This unique book provides a comprehensive overview of "sustainable transportation." It discusses all the important elements that are essential to transportation planners and policy makers when planning a city's transportation. Theoretical presentations augmented by case-specific research work and the methodology used in some of the modules, make it a valuable resource for researchers working at the forefront of this area.

Power System Monitoring and Control (Hardcover): Hassan Bevrani, Masayuki Watanabe, Yasunori Mitani Power System Monitoring and Control (Hardcover)
Hassan Bevrani, Masayuki Watanabe, Yasunori Mitani
R2,523 R2,266 Discovery Miles 22 660 Save R257 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Power System Monitoring and Control (PSMC) is becoming increasingly significant in the design, planning, and operation of modern electric power systems. In response to the existing challenge of integrating advanced metering, computation, communication, and control into appropriate levels of PSMC, Power System Monitoring and Control presents a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and key technologies for the monitoring, protection, and control of contemporary wide-area power systems. A variety of topical issues are addressed, including renewable energy sources, smart grids, wide-area stabilizing, coordinated voltage regulation, and angle oscillation damping as well as the advantages of phasor measurement units (PMUs) and global positioning systems (GPS) time signal. End-of-chapter problems and solutions, along with case studies, add depth and clarity to all topics. Timely and important, Power System Monitoring and Control is an invaluable resource for addressing the myriad of critical technical engineering considerations in modern electric power system design and operation. Provides an updated and comprehensive reference for researcher and engineers working on wide-area power system monitoring and control (PSMC) Links fundamental concepts of PSMC, advanced metering and control theory/techniques, and practical engineering considerations Covers PSMC problem understanding, design, practical aspects, and timely topics such as smart/microgrid control and coordinated voltage regulation and angle oscillation damping Incorporates authors experiences teaching and researching in various international locales including Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, and Australia

Soft Computing Techniques in Voltage Security Analysis (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Kabir Chakraborty, Abhijit Chakrabarti Soft Computing Techniques in Voltage Security Analysis (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Kabir Chakraborty, Abhijit Chakrabarti
R4,081 R3,210 Discovery Miles 32 100 Save R871 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book focuses on soft computing techniques for enhancing voltage security in electrical power networks. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) have been chosen as a soft computing tool, since such networks are eminently suitable for the study of voltage security. The different architectures of the ANNs used in this book are selected on the basis of intelligent criteria rather than by a "brute force" method of trial and error. The fundamental aim of this book is to present a comprehensive treatise on power system security and the simulation of power system security. The core concepts are substantiated by suitable illustrations and computer methods. The book describes analytical aspects of operation and characteristics of power systems from the viewpoint of voltage security. The text is self-contained and thorough. It is intended for senior undergraduate students and postgraduate students in electrical engineering. Practicing engineers, Electrical Control Center (ECC) operators and researchers will also find the book useful.

Network Analysis and Synthesis - A Modern Systems Theory Approach (Paperback): Brian D. O Anderson, Sumeth Vongpanitlerd Network Analysis and Synthesis - A Modern Systems Theory Approach (Paperback)
Brian D. O Anderson, Sumeth Vongpanitlerd
R706 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Geared toward upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, this book offers a comprehensive look at linear network analysis and synthesis. It explores state-space synthesis as well as analysis, employing modern systems theory to unite the classical concepts of network theory.
The authors stress passive networks but include material on active networks. They avoid topology in dealing with analysis problems and discuss computational techniques. The concepts of controllability, observability, and degree are emphasized in reviewing the state-variable description of linear systems. Explorations of positive real and bounded real functions and matrices include their applications to optimal control, filtering, and stability.
Excellent illustrations highlight this text, which represents the definitive tool for integrating an understanding of network theory with related fields such as control theory and communication systems theory.

Spatially Resolved Characterization in Thin-Film Photovoltaics (Paperback, 2015 ed.): Matevz Bokalic, Marko Topic Spatially Resolved Characterization in Thin-Film Photovoltaics (Paperback, 2015 ed.)
Matevz Bokalic, Marko Topic
R1,494 R1,225 Discovery Miles 12 250 Save R269 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The book is devoted to the spatial characterization of solar cells and PV modules. It is written both as a monograph as well as a succinct guide for the state-of-the-art spatial characterization techniques and approaches. Amongst the approaches discussed are visual imaging, electro- and photo-luminescence imaging, thermography, and light beam induced mapping techniques. Emphasis is given on the luminescence image acquisition and interpretation due to its great potential. Characterization techniques are accompanied by simulation tools. The contents are aimed at a readership of students and senior researchers in R&D as well as engineers in industry who are newcomers to the spatial characterization of either solar cells or PV modules. The concepts and approaches presented herein are based on but not limited to case studies of real thin-film PV devices. Key features: Review of spatially resolved characterization techniques and accompanying SPICE simulations in photovoltaics Use of spatially resolved characterization techniques and their combinations for the identification of inhomogeneities in small area CdTe and dye-sensitized solar cells Case studies of electroluminescence imaging of commercial PV modules (c-Si, CIGS, CdTe, a-Si, tandem and triple junction thin-film-Si) The contents are aimed at a readership of students and senior researchers in R&D as well as engineers in industry who are newcomers to the spatial characterization of either solar cells or PV modules. The concepts and approaches presented herein are based on but not limited to case studies of real thin-film PV devices. Key features: Review of spatially resolved characterization techniques and accompanying SPICE simulations in photovoltaics Use of spatially resolved characterization techniques and their combinations for the identification of inhomogeneities in small area CdTe and dye-sensitized solar cells Case studies of electroluminescence imaging of commercial PV modules (c-Si, CIGS, CdTe, a-Si, tandem and triple junction thin-film-Si)

Power System Dynamics and Simulation (Paperback): Abhijit Chakrabarti Power System Dynamics and Simulation (Paperback)
Abhijit Chakrabarti
R746 R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Save R41 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Communication Challenges and Solutions in the Smart Grid (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Fay al Bouhafs, Michael Mackay, Madjid Merabti Communication Challenges and Solutions in the Smart Grid (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Fay al Bouhafs, Michael Mackay, Madjid Merabti
R1,581 R1,332 Discovery Miles 13 320 Save R249 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This SpringerBrief discusses the rise of the smart grid from the perspective of computing and communications. It explains how current and next-generation network technology and methodologies help recognize the potential that the smart grid initiative promises. Chapters provide context on the smart grid before exploring specific challenges related to communication control and energy management. Topics include control in heterogeneous power supply, solutions for backhaul and wide area networks, home energy management systems, and technologies for smart energy management systems. Designed for researchers and professionals working on the smart grid, Communication Challenges and Solutions in the Smart Grid offers context and applications for the common issues of this developing technology. Advanced-level students interested in networking and communications engineering will also find the brief valuable.

Electric Power Systems (Hardcover, 5th Edition): B.M. Weedy, B. J. Cory, N. Jenkins, Janaka B. Ekanayake, Goran Strbac Electric Power Systems (Hardcover, 5th Edition)
B.M. Weedy, B. J. Cory, N. Jenkins, Janaka B. Ekanayake, Goran Strbac
R1,557 R1,421 Discovery Miles 14 210 Save R136 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive textbook for Power Systems students, providing a grounding in essential power system theory while also focusing on practical power engineering applications.

"Electric Power Systems" has been an essential book in power systems engineering for over thirty years. Bringing the content firmly up-to-date whilst still retaining the flavour of Weedy's extremely popular original, this "Fifth Edition" has been revised by experts Nick Jenkins, Janaka Ekanayake and Goran Strbac. This wide-ranging text still covers all of the fundamental power systems subjects but is now expanded to cover increasingly important topics like climate change and renewable power generation. Updated material includes an analysis of today's markets and an examination of the current economic state of power generation. The physical limits of power systems equipment - currently being tested by the huge demand for power - is explored, and greater attention is paid to power electronics, voltage source and power system components, amongst a host of other updates and revisions.Supplies an updated chapter on power system economics and management issues and extended coverage of power system components. Also expanded information on power electronics and voltage source, including VSC HVDC and FACTS. Updated to take into account the challenges posed by different world markets, and pays greater attention to up-to-date renewable power generation methods such as wind power. Includes modernized presentation and greater use of examples to appeal to today's students, also retains the end of chapter questions to assist with the learning process. Also shows students how to apply calculation techniques.

My Inventions - The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla (Paperback): Nikola Tesla My Inventions - The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla (Paperback)
Nikola Tesla
R192 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R45 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention." Visionary, pioneer, and eccentric genius, Nikola Tesla was the quintessential scientist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Two of his creations, the induction motor and the Tesla coil, underpin the technology of the modern world. First published as six articles in the Electrical Experimenter magazine, My Inventions tells the story of Tesla's life, from his humble beginnings in Croatia to his migration to the United States, and describes his revolutionary feats of invention and pivotal breakthroughs in the world of engineering. This book takes you on an inspirational journey into one of the world's greatest and most unconventional minds.

Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion (Hardcover): Alexis De Vos Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion (Hardcover)
Alexis De Vos
R2,683 R2,406 Discovery Miles 24 060 Save R277 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The physical framework used to describe the various conversions is endoreversible thermodynamics, a subset of irreversible thermodynamics. "Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion" provides an excellent generalized introduction into principles of solar energy conversion for everybody knowing some basics of university mathematics. Described are situations which are not in equilibrium and in which entropy is continuously created, but which are nevertheless stationary. In dealing with endoreversible thermodynamics, the given information in this book enables the reader to calculate the explicit values for a broad class of processes. It is demonstrated that solar energy conversion is a process particularly suited to being described in this way.

"De Vos is a wonderful storyteller"
--Prof. Dr. B. Andresen

Material Selection and Applications in Mechanical Engineering (Paperback): A. Raman Material Selection and Applications in Mechanical Engineering (Paperback)
A. Raman
R2,051 R1,915 Discovery Miles 19 150 Save R136 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A complete and in-depth coverage on materials of use, their principles, processing and handling details; along with illustrative examples and sample projects. It clearly depicts the needed topics and gives adequate coverage with ample examples so that ME students can appreciate the relevance of materials to their discipline. Featuring the basic principles of materials selection for application in various engineering outcomes, the contents of this text follow those of the common first-level introductory course in materials science and engineering. Directed toward mechanical engineering, it introduces the materials commonly used in this branch, along with an exhaustive description of their properties that decide their functional characteristics and selection for use, typical problems encountered during application due to improper processing or handling of materials, non-destructive test procedures used in maintenance to detect and correct problems, and much more.

Nanostructured Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Joe Briscoe, Steve Dunn Nanostructured Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Joe Briscoe, Steve Dunn
R1,416 R1,300 Discovery Miles 13 000 Save R116 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book covers a range of devices that use piezoelectricity to convert mechanical deformation into electrical energy and relates their output capabilities to a range of potential applications. Starting with a description of the fundamental principles and properties of piezo- and ferroelectric materials, where applications of bulk materials are well established, the book shows how nanostructures of these materials are being developed for energy harvesting applications. The authors show how a nanostructured device can be produced, and put in context some of the approaches that are being investigated for the development of nanostructured piezoelectric energy harvesting devices, also known as nanogenerators. There is growing interest in strategies for energy harvesting that use a variety of existing and well-known materials in new morphologies or architectures. A key change of morphology to enable new functionality is the nanostructuring of a material. One area of particular interest is self-powered devices based on portable energy harvesting. The charging of personal electronic equipment and other small-scale electronic devices such as sensors is a highly demanding environment that requires innovative solutions. The output of these so-called nanogenerators is explained in terms of the requirements for self-powered applications. The authors summarise the range of production methods used for nanostructured devices, which require much lower energy inputs than those used for bulk systems, making them more environmentally friendly and also compatible with a wide range of substrate materials.

Electricity in Households and Microenterprises (Paperback): Joy Clancy Electricity in Households and Microenterprises (Paperback)
Joy Clancy
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most people in the world have either no access to electricity or a poor and unreliable supply, yet the importance of access to electricity cannot be overstated. This source book aims to provide practical help in gaining accessibility to electricity for those living in remote or rural communities as well as individual home owners and small businesses.;The book begins with a brief introduction to the national grid and then focuses on some of the possibilities for independent production of electricity in the quantities used by households, micro-enterprises and small communities: diesel generators; micro-hydro; wind energy; solar photovoltaic energy (PV); gasifiers; biogas; steam; and batteries. Descriptions of the technologies and their costs are given, as well as their different requirements in terms of inputs and skill requirements for installation and operation. Information and advice is given on using electricity; indications on how to calculate the size of technology needed; and how to choose appropriate appliances. The text contains case studies from developing countries, highlighting successful women's initiatives with these technologies.; The book is intended to provide resourc

Creation of New Metal Nanoparticles and Their Hydrogen-Storage and Catalytic Properties (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Kohei Kusada Creation of New Metal Nanoparticles and Their Hydrogen-Storage and Catalytic Properties (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Kohei Kusada
R2,932 R2,623 Discovery Miles 26 230 Save R309 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This thesis reports the discovery of metal nanoparticles having new structures that do not exist in bulk state and that exhibit hydrogen storage ability or CO oxidation activity. Research into the reaction of hydrogen with metals has attracted much attention because of potential applications as effective hydrogen storage materials, as permeable films, or as catalysts for hydrogenation. Also, CO oxidation catalysts have been extensively developed because of their importance to CO removal from car exhaust or fuel-cell systems. At the same time, atomic-level (solid solution) alloying has the advantage of being able to continuously control chemical and physical properties of elements by changing compositions and/or combinations of constituent elements. This thesis provides a novel strategy for the basis of inter-elemental fusion to create highly efficient functional materials for energy and material conversions.

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