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The first objective of this introductory text is to familiarize students who have been exposed to only one course on fluids with the basic elements of fluid mechanics so that, in the event that their future work relies on occasional numerical solutions, they will be familiar with the jargon of the discipline and the expected results. At the same time, this book can serve as a long-term reference text, contrary to the oversimplified approach occasionally used for such introductory courses. The second objective is to provide a comprehensive foundation for more advanced courses in fluid mechanics (within disciplines such as mechanical or aerospace engineering). In order to avoid confusing the students, the governing equations are introduced early, and the assumptions leading to the various models are clearly presented. This provides a logical hierarchy and explains the interconnectivity between the various models. Supporting examples demonstrate the principles and provide engineering analysis tools for many engineering calculations.Read more
- Ideal as an introductory text and long-term reference guide, which students can still use many years later
- The approach is from the top of the pyramid and down, allowing details to fall into place once the overall principles are discussed
- Familiarises students with the basic elements of fluid mechanics and provides a solid foundation for more advanced courses
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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it: particularly for the more mathematically inclined. This is a text that will be kept long after a degree and used as a reference book throughout one’s career." - Richard S. Miller, AIAA Journal January 2012
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- Date Published: August 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521192453
- length: 456 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.98kg
- contains: 264 b/w illus. 4 tables 461 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Basic concepts and fluid properties
2. The fluid dynamic equation
3. Fluid statics
4. Introduction to fluid in motion - one-dimensional (frictionless) flow
5. Viscous incompressible flow: 'exact solutions'
6. Dimension analysis, and high Reynolds number flows
7. The laminar boundary layer
8. High Reynolds number flow over bodies (incompressible)
9. Introduction to computational fluid mechanics (CFD)
10. Elements of inviscid compressible flow
11. Fluid machinery.
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