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Introductory subjects studied in thermal science generally are focused on thermodynamics. These include studies of properties of pure substances, pressure-volume-temperature diagrams, the ideal gas law, heat and it relationship to work, heat transfer, the laws of thermodynamics, engine and refrigeration cycles, and combustion.
Another area of concern in thermal science is fluid mechanics. These include fluid statics, fluid flows, e.g. laminar flow vs. turbulent flow, the Bernoulli equation. The applicability of this area is piping networks, turbo-machineries, airfoils.
Combustion involves both thermal effects and chemical reaction.
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