# Engineering Thermodynamics of Thermal Radiation: for Solar Power Utilization

by: Ryszard Petela

**Abstract:**Authoritative coverage of thermal radiation theory and potential applications in solar power energy generation. This comprehensive guide discusses in-depth fundamentals of radiation, and explains how to apply the theories presented to developing energy-generating devices. As solar radiation is considered more frequently as an attractive energy source, it is increasingly important for engineers to understand the laws of radiation.Thermal Radiation Engineering for Solar Power Energy Generation provides exhaustive discussions of energy and exergy theories. Three chapters are allocated to demonstrate installation examples of radiation energy. Appendices include constant values for radiation and application of mathematics to some thermodynamic relations for easy reference.

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## Table of Contents

**A.**About the Author**B.**Preface**1.**Introduction**2.**Definitions and Laws of Substance**3.**Definitions and Laws of Radiation**4.**The Laws of Thermodynamic Analysis**5.**Thermodynamic Properties of Photon Gas**6.**Exergy of Emission**7.**Radiation Flux**8.**Radiation Spectra of a Surface**9.**Discussion of Radiation Exergy Formulae Proposed by Researchers**10.**Thermodynamic Analysis of Heat from the Sun**11.**Thermodynamic Analysis of a Solar Chimney Power Plant**12.**Thermodynamic Analysis of Photosynthesis**13.**Thermodynamic Analysis of the Photovoltaic**A.**References**B.**APPENDIX

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**A.**About the Author**B.**Preface**1.**Introduction**2.**Definitions and Laws of Substance**3.**Definitions and Laws of Radiation**4.**The Laws of Thermodynamic Analysis**5.**Thermodynamic Properties of Photon Gas**6.**Exergy of Emission- Basic Explanations
- Derivation of the Emission Exergy Formula
- Analysis of the Formula of the Exergy of Emission
- Efficiency of Radiation Processes
- Irreversibility of Radiative Heat Transfer
- Irreversibility of Emission and Absorption of Radiation
- Influence of Surroundings on the Radiation Exergy
- “Cold” Radiation
- Radiation Exergy at Varying Environmental Temperatures
- Radiation of Surface of Nonuniform Temperature
- Nomenclature for Chapter 6

**7.**Radiation Flux**8.**Radiation Spectra of a Surface**9.**Discussion of Radiation Exergy Formulae Proposed by Researchers**10.**Thermodynamic Analysis of Heat from the Sun**11.**Thermodynamic Analysis of a Solar Chimney Power Plant- Introduction
- Description of the Plant as the Thermodynamic Problem
- The Main Assumptions for the Simplified Mathematical Model of the SCPP
- Energy Analysis
- Exergy Analysis
- Exergy Analysis Using the Mechanical Exergy Component for a Substance
- Trends of Response for the Varying Input Parameters
- Nomenclature for Chapter 11

**12.**Thermodynamic Analysis of Photosynthesis- Objectives of the Chapter
- Simplified Description of Photosynthesis
- Some Earlier Work About Photosynthesis
- Assumptions Defining the Simplified Mathematical Model of Photosynthesis
- Properties of Substance
- Radiation Properties
- Balances Equations
- Perfection Degrees of Photosynthesis
- Some Aspects Inspired by the Example Calculations
- Concluding Remarks
- Nomenclature for Chapter 12

**13.**Thermodynamic Analysis of the Photovoltaic**A.**References**B.**APPENDIX- Prefixes to Derive Names of Secondary Units
- Typical Constant Values for Radiation and Substance
- Application of Mathematics to Some Thermodynamic Relations
- Review of Some Radiation Energy Variables
- Review of Some Radiation Entropy Variables
- Review of Some Radiation Exergy Variables
- Exergy of Liquid Water

**Book Details**

**Title: **Engineering Thermodynamics of Thermal Radiation: for Solar Power Utilization

**Publisher: **McGraw-Hill: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, San Juan, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

**Copyright / Pub. Date: **2010 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

**ISBN: **9780071639620

**Authors:****Ryszard Petela**
D.Sc., Ph.D., is president of the Technology Scientific Ltd. He has researched and lectured courses in engineering thermodynamics, energy conversion processes, heat and mass transfer, combustion, and fuel technology. Dr Petela is the associate editor for the Journal of Solar Energy.

**Description: **
Authoritative coverage of thermal radiation theory and potential applications in solar power energy generation. This comprehensive guide discusses in-depth fundamentals of radiation, and explains how to apply the theories presented to developing energy-generating devices. As solar radiation is considered more frequently as an attractive energy source, it is increasingly important for engineers to understand the laws of radiation.Thermal Radiation Engineering for Solar Power Energy Generation provides exhaustive discussions of energy and exergy theories. Three chapters are allocated to demonstrate installation examples of radiation energy. Appendices include constant values for radiation and application of mathematics to some thermodynamic relations for easy reference.