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Energy and problems of a technical society

Author: Jack J Kraushaar; Robert A Ristinen
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©1984.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack J Kraushaar; Robert A Ristinen
ISBN: 0471862436 9780471862437
OCLC Number: 10457473
Description: xii, 513 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Energy fundamentals. Fossil fuel in human history --
Basic concepts of energy --
Forms of energy --
Kenetic energy --
Potential energy --
Mass energy (nuclear energy) --
Chemical energy --
Heat energy --
Electrical energy and power --
Electromagnetic radiation --
Transformation of energy from one form to another --
The history of energy consumption in the US --
Energy consumtions, Gross National Product --
Concepts of exponential growth --
Sources and uses of energy in a technical society. 2. Energy from fossil fuels. Geology and history of formation of petroleum --
Petroleum resources of the US --
Petroleum and petroleum refining --
Natural gas resources and consumption --
Coal formation --
Coal resources and consumption --
Summary of conventional fossil fuels, recent developments, and the energy crisis --
Shale oil --
Tar sands Enhanced recovery of oil --
Oil mining --
Coal gasification and liquefaction --
Synthetic gas of coal --
Liquefaction of coal. 3. Heat engines and electric power. The energy content of fossil fuels --
The thermodynamics of heat engines --
Entropy --
Generation of electricity --
Generation of electricity --
Heat pumps --
Cogeneration. 4. Nuclear energy. The structure of nuclei --
Radioactive half-lives --
Nuclear reactions --
Nuclear binding energies, fusion and fission --
Thermal neutron reactors --
The boiling water reactor --
Uranium resources --
Fast breeder reactors --
Nuclear fusion as an energy sources --
Controlled thermonuclear reactions (CTR) --
A fusion reactor. 5. Environmental and safety aspects of nuclear energy. Radioactive emissions durig the normal operator of a nuclear reactor --
The China syndorme --
Nuclear weapons --
The storage of high level radioactive waste --
Other concerns about nuclear power --
Relative risks. 6. Uses of solar energy. Introduction --
Basic concepts --
Heat transfer --
Conduction --
Conversion --
Thermal radiation --
Heat storage --
Solar space and water heating --
A flat-plate collector system --
Passive systems --
Solar-thermal electric power generation --
Power tower --
Parabolic dishes and troughs --
The direct conversion of solar energy to electrical energy --
Thermoelectricity --
Photovoltaic. 7. Alternative sources of energy . Introduction --
Hydroelectric power --
Windpower ocean thermal energy conversion --
Geothermal energy. 8. Energy storage. Introduction --
Pumped hydroelectric energy storage --
Hydrogen as a secondary fuel --
Electric stroage batteries --
Flywheels --
Compressed air. 9. Energy conservation. Introduction --
Space heating --
Thermal insulation --
Air infiltration --
Furnaces, stoves, and fireplaces, --
Solar and other sources of heat --
Standards for home heating Water heaters, home appliances, and lighting --
Water heaters --
Appliances --
Lighting --
The energy conserving home --
Energy conservation in industry and agriculture --
Housekeeping --
Waste heat recovery --
Process changes --
Recycling --
Transportation. 10. Plant and food production. Photosynthesis --
Food requirements of man --
Feeding the world's population --
Fuel from biomass. 11. Radiation and man. Introduction --
Units of exposure and dose for ionizing radiation --
Direct effects of large doses of radiation --
Long-term indirect effects of ionizing radiations --
Cell survival studies --
Doses received from background radiation and medical treatment --
The basis for determining the effects of ionizing radiation on man --
Maximum permissible doses. 12. Introduction --
Forces, power, and energy requirements --
Force requirements --
Power requirements --
Energy requriements --
Traffic flow theory Traffic safety --
Statistical background --
Automobile collisions --
Nontechnical traffic safety measures --
Mass transportation. 13. Pollution and the atmosphere. Introduction --
Thermal inversions --
Carbon monoxide --
The oxides of nitrogen --
Hydrocarbon emissions and photochemical smog --
Reduction of automobile emissions --
Sulfur dioxides in the atmosphere --
Particulates as pollutants --
Man-made carbon dioxide and world climate changes. 14. Water: the resource and its pollution. The special properties of water --
Water resources of the world --
The use of water in the US --
The Colorado River --
The Ogallala Aquifier --
Water pollution and purifiation in the US --
Desalination --
Distillation --
Solar sills --
Electrodialysis --
Reverse osmosis --
Acid rain. 15. Noise. Introduction --
The intensity of sound --
The human ear --
Sound measurements --
Hearing impairment --
Sonic booms --
Noise and architecture. 16. Nuclear weapons. Introduction --
Fusion weapons --
The hydrogen bomb --
The immediate effects of nuclear weapons --
Prompt nuclear radiation --
Thermal radiaton --
Blast wave --
Fallout --
Electromagnetic pulse --
Weapons inventory and delivery systems --
The national effects of a nuclear war --
A stable deterrence?
Responsibility: Jack J. Kraushaar, Robert A. Ristinen.

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