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Understanding Fluid Flow

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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521132893

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  • Understanding Fluid Flow takes a fresh approach to introducing fluid dynamics, with physical reasoning and mathematical developments inextricably intertwined. The ‘dry' fluid dynamics described by potential theory is set within the context of real viscous flows to give fundamental insight into how fluids behave. The book gives a flavor of theoretical, experimental and numerical approaches to analyzing fluid flow, and implicitly develops skills in applied mathematical modeling of physical systems. It is supplemented by movies that are freely downloadable.

    • A fresh view of fluid dynamics, starting with experiment and developing a proper understanding of the roles of viscosity and pressure
    • Short, explains some 'everyday' questions in fluid dynamics: lift on an airfoil, waves, honey spreading on toast, aerodynamic drag
    • Encourages self discovery, via accompanying videos of experiments
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    "The accounts collated in this book...is encouraging, not only for the survival of the great apes, but the many other organisms that share their habitat".
    Peter Moore, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

    "Worster is commended for rigorously articulating complex phenomena in these short lectures while unraveling the salient features of fluid dynamics, including flow separation and shear layer roll up due to advection of vortices, to name some examples."
    R.N. Laoulache, Choice Magazine

    "I found the book a pleasant read, and I could imagine lecturers finding the exposition helpful in providing tips for class material or a different perspective. I enjoyed the tack taken by the author and his selection of topics. The book certainly gives an idea of the wide application of the methods of mathematics and physics to problems in areas ranging from geophysics to engineering."
    Neil Balmforth, SIAM Review

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    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521132893
    • length: 120 pages
    • dimensions: 211 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.16kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Building intuition
    2. Parallel viscous flow
    3. Viscous gravity currents
    4. Equations of flow
    5. Interactions between linear flows
    6. Flows round rigid objects
    7. Waves and instability
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Grae Worster, University of Cambridge
    Grae Worster studied Mathematics at Cambridge University and gained a PhD in Geological Fluid Mechanics. He was an Instructor in Applied Mathematics at MIT, a Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University before finally returning to Cambridge University in 1992, where he is Professor of Fluid Dynamics. Within the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, his research encompasses the dynamics of buoyancy-driven flows associated with solidification and melting.

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