The 4 Best Thermodynamic Textbooks On The Market

August 30, 2020

Thermodynamics is essential knowledge to any competent engineer. This list is aimed at improving and developing your thermodynamic knowledge.

1. Engineering Thermodynamics, 6Th Edition By NAG P.K

This book is aimed at beginners and the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics are explained simply and effectively, with illustrations and examples. This book gives a mechanical engineering perspective for some topics, but this is still extremely useful to undergraduate chemical engineers to get a better overall idea of thermodynamics.

2. Introduction To Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics By  J.m. Smith, Hendrick C. Van Ness And Michael M. Abbott.

This book goes into a lot of detail and may be too difficult to understand for beginners. It is aimed at undergraduates in their second or third year of university, who have developed a good base level of understanding of thermodynamics, and with the excellent examples and questions, this will be extremely beneficial for all graduate employees and final year chemical engineering students.

3. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics – 2nd Edition By K V Narayanan

Aimed at undergraduate chemical engineers, this book now in its second edition provides a student-friendly and thoroughly classroom-tested book, that provides comprehensive coverage of basic thermodynamic concepts and applications and as you progress through this book you focus on chemical thermodynamics.


This book contains over 200 worked examples, and 400 exercise problems with answers and objective-type questions, which will give the reader an extremely good level of understanding of thermodynamic concepts and theory. Furthermore, this book will be useful for undergraduates who are interested in polymer engineering, petroleum engineering, and safety and environmental engineering.

4. The Laws Of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) 1st Edition By Peter Atkins

A very short introduction by a well-known author, presented in a user-friendly manner making the book very clear, concise and well structured. This book covers the basics without having to read a lot, this book is great for professionals to remind them of key thermodynamic concepts and for undergraduates to be able to learn thermodynamic concepts and use this book as revision material.

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