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Energy Conversions:: Growth and Innovation

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195168754
eISBN:
9780199783601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168755.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Our civilization is based on massive consumption of fossil fuels. This chapter begins by examining technical advances of energy industries, before turning to energy transitions and the process of ... More


Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Vaclav Smil

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195168754
eISBN:
9780199783601
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168755.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This book is a systematic interdisciplinary account of two epochal trends: the history of the 20th century’s technical transformation based on the unprecedented surge of innovation that took place in ... More


Expansion and flow processes

Andrew M. Steane

in Thermodynamics: A complete undergraduate course

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198788560
eISBN:
9780191830426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788560.003.0016
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

We discuss processes involving an expanding fluid, and applications to cooling and turbines. The Joule expansion, adiabatic expansion, and Joule–Kelvin expansion (throttling process) are all treated, ... More


Making Jet Engines in World War II: Britain, Germany, and the United States

Hermione Giffard

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226388595
eISBN:
9780226388625
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226388625.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Making jet engines sets out a new account of the central features of invention in the twentieth-century. It shows the consequences of the proposed model by giving a radically new history of the jet ... More


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