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The book is compreshensive for the areas it covers, but it only has a table of contents and lacks both an index and a glossary. As it has been several years since I worked with fluid dynamics and tensor calculus, I really noticed the absence. An... read more
The book is compreshensive for the areas it covers, but it only has a table of contents and lacks both an index and a glossary. As it has been several years since I worked with fluid dynamics and tensor calculus, I really noticed the absence. An effective index and glossary would increase this rating to a five.
I did not notice any content errors in the book although the print PDF version had Latex code showing instead of the symbol or equation in several areas.
The content uses well-established theory.
Overall, I found the prose clear and understandable.
Overall the book is internally consistent, although I did find a couple of headings that used a different font and/or case than others at the same level.
The book has an adequate number of subheadings that will make assigning readable "chunks" possible.
Content is developed logically from previously introduced concepts.
I used the Print PDF version for review. Overall, it was consistent, but in several captions, Latex code was present rather than the symbols. Overall, figures use vector graphics so they are clear at different zooms, but Figure 2.3 appears to be a PNG image rather than using vector graphics, so some of the curves and text have artifacts. Also, the lift coefficient equation is still in Latex rather than rendering as an equation.
Overall, grammar is meets expectations and is internally consistent.
The book does not have human actors, and does not reference cultural issues.
Overall, I appreciated the book and found it to be a good refresher. It is primarily a reference book rather than a text book as it has no problems for students to work. The biggest drawback for me was lack of an index and glossary. The book referred several times to another book on Viscous Fluid Flow by F.M. White, and it would have been nice to have a full reference to the work in a references section.
Table of Contents
- I. Introduction
- II. Mathematical Tools
- III. Bernoulli Equation
- IV. Potential Flow Basics
- V. Potential Flows
- VI. The Panel Method: An Introduction
- VII. Introduction to Viscous Flows
- VIII. Boundary Layer Flows
- IX. Integral Boundary Layer Relationships
- X. Introduction to Turbulence Effects
About the Book
This book is meant to be a second course in fluid mechanics that stresses applications dealing with external potential flows and intermediate viscous flows. Students are expected to have some background in some of the fundamental concepts of the definition of a fluid, hydrostatics, use of control volume conservation principles, initial exposure to the Navier-Stokes equations, and some elements of flow kinematics, such as streamlines and vorticity. It is not meant to be an in-depth study of potential flow or viscous flow, but is meant to expose students to additional analysis techniques for both of these categories of flows. We will see applications to aerodynamics, with analysis methods able to determine forces on arbitrary bodies. We will also examine some of the exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations based on classical fluid mechanics. Finally we will explore the complexities of turbulent flows and how for boundary layer flows one can predict drag forces. This compilation is drafted from notes used in the course Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, offered to seniors and first year graduate students who have a background in mechanical engineering or a closely related area.
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