Complete List of the Must Have References for the Thermal and Fluids PE Exam
The following references are recommended to be reviewed prior to the exam and should be used during the exam. When reviewing these references, make sure you first understand the content. These references do not go into depth on explaining the equations or concepts but are simply references. If you require more background information on any of the information in these references, then you may need to research the information on the internet. Secondly, you should be very familiar with the indices of these references and should be able to navigate the references to find information quickly. This may require you to insert tabs into the references. Once you have completed these two tasks then you should be ready to use these references during the exam. (Tip: It is helpful to have the indices of your references printed separately to allow you to have both the index and the reference material open at the same time, making for quicker searches.)
Please see the below link to the google spreadsheet. You can also read below about a majority of the different references. If you have any suggestions or questions on the list, please email Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can comment on the spreadsheet or at the bottom of this page.
The first reference that you should obtain is free. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying or NCEES develops, administers and scores the P.E. exam. The NCEES also publishes an exam specification with the various topics that can be on the exam. It is important to use this document to help direct your studying.
The second must have reference is the NCEES Thermal and Fluids Sample Questions and Solutions. This reference is important because it allows you to get familiar with the test format, test material and level of difficulty. I would suggest going through this reference earlier in your studying to provide further direction and focus in your studying.
Learn the level of difficulty of the actual PE exam.
Learn about the test material
Get familiar with the exam format and the timing of the exam.
Fluid Mechanics with Engineering Applications
This reference book contains information on a majority of the Fluids Mechanics topics on the exam. However, your old college fluids books should do just fine.
This reference book contains information on a majority of the Thermodynamics topics on the exam including thermodynamic properties, brayton, otto, rankine, vapor-compression, combustion, combined cycles and energy balance. However, your old college thermodynamics books should do just fine.
This reference book covers the power plant equipment like turbines, boilers, combustion engines, heat exchangers, cooling towers, condensers, pumps and fans. This book also covers the cycles and the energy balances. The Energy/Power System Applications section primarily focuses on Power Plants, so it makes sense to get a Power Plant Engineering book.
Topics Covered: Sections 10.0 Energy Power Equipment, 11.0 Cooling/Heating, 12.0 Energy Recovery, 13.0 Combined Cycles
You should use this book as a reference to solve problems on the exam. Certain problems may require you to simply lookup the solution in this book. You don’t need to read every single word, but just be aware of what is contained in this book. This book focuses on certain topics that overlap between HVAC and Thermal/Fluids like psychrometrics, fluids, heat transfer, pipe stresses, evaporations, mixing, dehumidification, incompressible flow, thermodynamic cycles and combustion.
You should use this book as a reference to solve problems on the exam. Certain problems may require you to simply lookup the solution in this book. You don’t need to read every single word, but just be aware of what is contained in this book. This book focuses on certain pieces of equipment that overlap between HVAC and Thermal/Fluids like pumps, fans, compressors, control valves, actuators, piping, ducts, boilers, cooling towers and heat exchangers.
The Engineering Unit Conversions book is a recommended book to use during the exam and while studying for the exam. You should tab the most commonly used conversions that you encounter while studying and doing practice problems.
Topics Covered: Section 2.0 – Basic Engineering Practice – Units & Conversions