Fluid, Electrical, and Thermal Systems

  • Karl A. SeelerEmail author


Fluid and electrical systems are important means of transmitting, transforming, and converting power in mechanical design. Fluid and electrical systems are networks, naturally represented by the linear graph method. Everyday experience with fluid flow provides a set of analogies to aid in understanding electrical systems. The only significant discrepancy of the analogies is the network representation of fluid and electrical capacitances. Thermal system phenomena are presented without entropy generation or flow. The focus of these presentations is to model the removal of waste heat from mechanical, electrical, and fluid systems. As a result, heat engines are absent. Heat transfer is modeled instead as a potential-driven flow, similar to low velocity (seepage) fluid flow.


Volume Flow Rate Fluid System Pressure Source Flux Linkage Linear Graph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentLafayette CollegeEastonUSA

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