Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications by Cengel-Cimbala

Author (s): 

Yunus A. Cengel & John M. Cimbala


McGraw Hill Higher Education

About this book:

Fluid mechanics is an exciting and fascinating subject with unlimited practical applications ranging from microscopic biological systems to automobiles, airplanes, and spacecraft propulsion. Yet fluid mechanics has historically been one of the most challenging subjects for undergraduate students. Unlike ear- lier freshman- and sophomore-level subjects such as physics, chemistry, and engineering mechanics, where students often learn equations and then “plug and chug” on their calculators, proper analysis of a problem in fluid mechanics requires much more. Oftentimes, students must first assess the problem, make and justify assumptions and/or approximations, apply the relevant physical laws in their proper forms, and solve the resulting equations before ever plugging any numbers into their calculators. Many problems in fluid mechanics require more than just knowledge of the subject, but also physical intuition and experience. Our hope is that this book, through its careful explanations of concepts and its use of numerous practical examples, sketches, figures, and photographs, bridges the gap between knowledge and proper application of that knowledge.

Fluid mechanics is a mature subject; the basic equations and approxima- tions are well established and can be found in numerous introductory fluid mechanics books. The books are distinguished from one another in the way the material is presented. An accessible fluid mechanics book should present the material in a progressive order from simple to more difficult, building each chapter upon foundations laid down in previous chapters. In this way, even the traditionally challenging aspects of fluid mechanics can be learned effectively. Fluid mechanics is by its very nature a highly visual subject, and students learn more readily by visual stimulation. It is therefore imperative that a good fluid mechanics book also provide quality figures, photographs, and visual aids that help to explain the significance and meaning of the mathematical expressions.

Chapters: This book contains 15 chapter. The chapter headings are given below

  1. Introduction and Basic Concepts
  2. Properties of Fluids
  3. Pressure and Fluid Statics
  4. Fluid Kinetics
  5. Mass, Bernoulli and Energy Equations
  6. Momentum Analysis of Flow Systems
  7. Dimensional Analysis and Modeling
  8. Flow in Pipes
  9. Differential Analysis of Fluid Flow
  10. Approximate Solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations
  11. Flow Over Bodies: Drag and Lift
  12. Compressible Flow
  13. Open-Channel Flow
  14. Turbomachinery
  15. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics



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