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Kundu P.K., Cohen I.M. Fluid Mechanics

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Kundu P.K., Cohen I.M. Fluid Mechanics
4 Edition. — Academic Press, 2007. — 904 p. — ISBN: 0123737354
Fluid mechanics, the study of how fluids behave and interact under various forces and in various applied situations-whether in the liquid or gaseous state or both-is introduced and comprehensively covered in this widely adopted text. Fully revised and updated with the addition of a new chapter on biofluid mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Fourth Edition is suitable for both a first or second course in fluid mechanics at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level. The leading advanced general text on fluid mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, 4e guides students from the fundamentals to the analysis and application of fluid mechanics, including compressible flow and such diverse applications as hydraulics and aerodynamics.
Updates to several chapters and sections, including Boundary Layers, Turbulence, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Compressibility. Fully revised and updated chapter on Computational Fluid Dynamics. New chapter on Biofluid Mechanics by Professor Portonovo Ayyaswamy, the Asa Whitney Professor of Dynamical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. New Visual Resources appendix provides a list of fluid mechanics films available for viewing online. Additional worked-out examples and end-of-chapter problems. Updated online Solutions Manual for adopting instructors. Summary: This is the BEST book for a 1st year grad student Rating: 5This is the best book for a grad student who wants to start learning the advanced topics in fluid mechanics. This is the best book to read after Munson and is much easier and much more useful than Batchelor. Most of the concepts are very nicely explained and there a lot of emphasis on understanding the physics of each phenomenon. There is an introductory part on continuum mechanics which is very helpful. There book is almost error free though a lot of equations are presented in the book. Summary: An excellent covering of Fluid Mechanics. Rating: 4I bought this book for a class in geophysical fluid dynamics. I have only a little background in fluid mechanics, but I have some experience with partial differential equations and tensor math (mostly electromagnetics). If you are light on tensor math and physics, this is NOT the book to start with. There are other books in tensor math you will need to read and work problems in first. PDEs are a prerequisite, too, so don't take this book lightly. There is a very good review of tensor math and PDEs in the first chapter and appendices, but you will probably need additional references. The problems are challenging, and they range from easy to quite difficult. The math in this book also has a tendency to be terse, but not too sparse (and the author doesn't use the typical math book cliches, 'left as an exercise' or 'proof is trivial'). The chapters cover quite a few topics, from basic fluid motion, Newtonian and Eulerian flow, and turbulence and Reynolds numbers, to a few advanced topics like blood flow in biological systems. This book would be excellent as a reference, since the chapters are well organized, generally thorough and up-to-date. I plan to keep it on my shelf next to my physics and electromagnetics handbooks when I finish my GFD course. Summary: Pitiful Rating: 1This book claims to be an introduction to fluids. If so, it is the worst introduction I have seen. While other books are trying to get the student to understand what viscosity is or how to calculate presure with depth in a fluid, this book is literally teaching Eigenvectors of a Symmetric Tensor. This book may have a place but it is not as an introductory text. If you want a good introductory text, buy Frank White's book. Summary: Very good Rating: 5The item is exactly arrived on time. I feel really good. You can trust this service. Summary: Excellent introductory graduate level text book Rating: 5This is an excellent introductory textbook for a first graduate course in fluid mechanics. The material is presented in a logical and cogent manner. The chapters on introduction to tensor algebra and on vorticity dynamics are particularly excellent. The book, through its easy language and right focus, provides a good physical insight into the wonderful, if sometimes arcane, world of fluid flows. This book would be a nice pre-requisite to studying other classical and more advanced textbooks like the one by Prof. Batchelor.
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