Special Issue "Nature of Heat and Entropy: Fundamentals and Applications for Diverse and Sustainable Future"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
Prof. Dr. Milivoje M. Kostic
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
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Interests: fundamental laws of nature; thermodynamics and heat transfer fundamentals; the second law of thermodynamics and entropy; energy efficiency; conservation and sustainability; fluids-thermal-energy components and systems; nanotechnology and nanofluids
The fundamental laws of thermodynamics and comprehensive analysis and optimization are the most effective ways for improvement of efficiency and sustainability, and could lead to innovative developments. Heat, as transfer of thermal energy, is the unique and universal manifestation of all existence and all processes in nature. Thermodynamic Entropy, as thermal energy space, is associated with thermal energy only, and transferred with heat only, therefore, always generated with heat generation, accompanied with inevitable and irreversible dissipation of different kind of work potentials to thermal heat. Energy and environmental landscape could be substantially enhanced with innovations, improved efficiency, and diversification of energy sources, devices, and processes.
Therefore, advances in energy conversion and utilization technologies and increases in efficiency, including computerized control and management, contribute to energy efficiency and conservation, increase safety, and reduce related environmental pollution. In fact, per capita, energy use in the U.S. and other developed countries is being reduced in recent years. However, the increase in the world’s population and the development of many underdeveloped and fast-developing and very populated countries, like China, India, and others, will influence the continuous increase of world energy consumption and related impacts on the environment.
Let us not be fooled by lower oil prices due to unforeseen technological developments and an economic slowdown. If man-made global warming is debatable, two things are certain in the not-so-distant future: (1) the majority of the world population (poor now) and their living-standard expectations will increase substantially, and (2) fossil fuel economical reserves, particularly oil and natural gas, will decrease considerably. The difficulties that will face every nation and the world in meeting energy needs over the next several decades will be more challenging than what we anticipate now. Traditional solutions and approaches may not solve the global energy problem. New knowledge, new technology, and new living habits and expectations must be developed to address both, the quantity of energy needed to increase the standard of living world-wide, and to preserve sustainability and enhance the quality of our environment.
The fundamental laws of thermodynamics could unlock a brighter future. This Special Issue solicits diverse contributions to explore the most effective innovations by using the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, comprehensive analysis, and optimization.Prof. Dr. Milivoje M. Kostic
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- Energy Efficiency
- Energy Sustainability