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Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer 3rd edn by R. Siegel and J.R. Howell Hemisphere Publishing Corporation USA (1992). 1072 pages

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There are numerous good points. There are lots of graded examples at the right
level for undergraduate use, I presume this book is aimed at that market. The
problems at the end of each chapter need solutions if they are to be utilised by
lecturers! Software programs (in Turbo Pascal) are available directly from the
authors for the numerical procedures outlined in the example calculations. The
referencesare up to date, but an extensive bibliography is not included. This is not a
serious omission as this is readily available elsewhere. The organisation of the book
into two parts is good, namely Theory of Absorption and Equipment Calculations,
and the text is well written, easy to follow and the material is logically presented.
Undergraduates should find this an easy book for self study. It is good that
desorption is treated in a separate chapter as it is often overlooked. There is much
emphasis on absorption with chemical reaction which is very good as these effects
cannot be ignored in practice. Often texts concentrate on simple basic cases and
students get a false impression of the ptoblems to be faced in real equipment.
In summary, this is a good modem book and much needed to treat absorption in
its own right. Students will find it easy to use. It is however a specialised topic and
only a part of mass transfer operations,and as such is unlikely to achieve widespread
sales compared to other more general texts. It will be widely used by students and
teachers. The many minor errors in the text and presentation need to be removed by
detailed manuscript editing before a reprinted edition is produced. The publishers
obviously need more input for the final manuscript preparation, file transfer on
computer disk should make this possible.
Martyn S.Ray
Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, 3rd edn, by R. Siege1 and J.R. Howell,
Hemisphere Publishing Coqmration,USA (1992). 1072 pages. ISBN 0-89116-271-2.
What started out as a need for a single book to support a graduate class has now
grown into a major definitive reference source (previous editions were published in
1972 and 1981). It has retained the textbook elements with a clear and concise
arrangement and explanations,including examples and problems. But the book also
includes sufficient in-depth analysis to provide a reference source and detailed
analysidevaluation of the more subtle points in radiation theory. The new edition
includes problem solving using the now standard desktop computer, and hence new
material on numerical methods and computer applications and solutions. It is now
primarily in SI units and all problems have been reworked using the latest
international values for basic radiation and physical constants.
This book covers a specialist area and it serves its audience well, however it is
unlikely to reach a very wide audience. Students find radiation a difficult area of
study, and it is also quite an art to develop a range of problems that are suitable for a
class with diverse abilities. Problems are required that teach not only the basic
theory and principles but also relate these to meaningful design-type problems and
situations. In many ways this book will be just too much for most students, even
those at graduate level. It might be time to consider removing the student teaching
material into a separate volume, or even dividing the text into two distinct parts.
This is certainly the book to refer to for information on thermal radiation heat
transfer.
Martyn S. Ray
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