The Nature of Motive Force

  • Achintya Kumar Pramanick

Part of the Heat and Mass Transfer book series (HMT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 1-45
  3. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 47-66
  4. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 67-82
  5. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 83-99
  6. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 101-120
  7. Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    Pages 121-140
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 141-141

About this book


In this monograph Prof. Pramanick explicates the law of motive force, a fundamental law of nature that can be observed and appreciated as an addition to the existing laws of thermodynamics. This unmistakable and remarkable tendency of nature is equally applicable to all other branches of studies. He first conceptualized the law of motive force in 1989, when he was an undergraduate student. Here he reports various applications of the law in the area of  thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and solid mechanics, and shows how it is possible to solve analytically century-old unsolved problems through its application. This book offers a comprehensive account of the law and its relation to other laws and principles, such as the generalized conservation principle, variational formulation, Fermat’s principle, Bejan’s constructal law, entropy generation minimization, Bejan’s method of intersecting asymptotes and equipartition principle. Furthermore, the author addresses some interrelated fundamental problems of contemporary interest, especially to thermodynamicists, by combining analytical methods, physical reasoning and the proposed law of motive force. This foundational work is a valuable reading for both students and researchers in exact as well as non-exact sciences and, at the same time, a pleasant learning experience for the novice.


Conductive-convective heat transfer Constructal law Entropy generation minimization Fermat type flow Law of motive force Method of intersecting asymptotes Nonconjugate heat transfer Optimal heat exchanger Thermal insulation design Thermodynamics optimization

Authors and affiliations

  • Achintya Kumar Pramanick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Institute of Technology DurgapurDurgapurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54470-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54471-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4846
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4854
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