Mechanics of Fluids, SI Version / Edition 3

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MECHANICS OF FLUIDS presents fluid mechanics so that students gain an understanding of and an ability to analyze the important phenomena encountered by practicing engineers. The authors succeed in this through the use of several pedagogical tools (Margin Notes, Chapter Outlines, Summaries, and a nomenclature list) that help students visualize the many difficult-to-understand phenomena of fluid mechanics. Potter and Wiggert base their explanations on basic physical concepts and mathematics which are accessible to undergraduate engineering students, such as differential equations and vector algebra.

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"Good content coverage, very readable, written at the right level for our students, and good example problems and homework problems."

"It is clear, comprehensive, presents clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, has a great number of problems at the end of each chapter, and highlights important information in the margin."

"Provides comprehensive coverage of core material. Worked examples are detailed and very good. Chapter on flow measurements is valuable and not common in most other FM books."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495438571
  • Publisher: CL Engineering
  • Publication date: 8/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Merle C. Potter holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Potter taught for 40 years, 33 of those years spent at Michigan State University, which he joined in 1965. He teaches thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and numerous other courses. He has authored and co-authored 35 textbooks, help books, and engineering exam review books. He has performed research in fluid flow stability and energy. Dr. Potter has received numerous awards, including the Ford Faculty Scholarship, Teacher-Scholar Award, ASME Centennial Award . and the MSU Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, the ASEE, ASME, and American Academy of Mechanics.

David C. Wiggert earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, and is Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. He was the recipient of the J.C. Stevens Award, ASCE, (1977), the L.F. Moody Award, ASME, (1983) and is a Fellow of ASME (1996). His research experience is in fluid transients and groundwater flows.

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Table of Contents

1. Basic Considerations. Introduction. Dimensions, Units, and Physical Quantities. Continuum View of Gases and Liquids. Pressure and Temperature Scales. Fluid Properties. Conservation Laws. Thermodynamic Properties and Relationships. Problems. 2. Fluid Statics. Introduction. Pressure at a Point. Pressure Variation. Fluids at Rest. Linearly Accelerating Containers. Rotation Containers. Problems. 3. Introduction to Fluids in Motion. Introduction. Description of Fluid Motion. Classification of Fluid Flows. The Bernoulli Equation. Problems. 4. The Integral Forms of the Fundamental Laws. Introduction. System-to-Control-Volume Transformation. Conservation of Mass. Energy Equation. Moment-of-Momentum Equation. Summary. Problems. 5. The Differential Forms of the Fundamental Laws. Introduction. Differential Continuity Equation. Differential Momentum Equation. Differential Energy Equation. Summary. Problems. 6. Dimensional Analysis and Similitude. Introduction. Dimensional Analysis. Similitude. Normalized Differential Equations. Problems. 7. Internal Flows. Introduction. Entrance Flow and Developed Flow. Laminar Flow in a Pipe. Laminar Flow between Parallel Plates. Laminar Flow between Rotating Cylinders. Turbulent Flow in a Pipe. Uniform Turbulent Flow in Open Channels. Problems. 8. External Flows: Introduction. Separation. Flow Around Immersed Bodies. Lift and Drag on Airfoils. Potential Flow Theory. Boundary Layer Theory. Problems. 9. Compressible Flow: Introduction. Speed of Sound and the Mach Number. Isentropic Nozzle Flow. Normal Shock Wave. Shock Waves in Converging-Diverging Nozzles. Vapor Flow through a Nozzle. Oblique Shock Wave. Isentropic Expansion Waves. Problems. 10. Flow in Open Channels. Introduction. Open-Channel Flows. Uniform Flow. Energy Concepts in Open-Channel Flow. Momentum Concepts in Open-Channel Flow. Nonuniform, Gradually Varied Flow. Numerical Analysis of Water Surface Profiles. Problems. 11. Flows in Piping Systems. Introduction. Losses in Piping Systems. Simple Pipe Systems. Analysis of Pipe Networks. Unsteady Flow in Pipelines. Problems. 12. Turbomachinery. Introduction. Turbopumps. Dimensional Analysis and Similitude for Turbomachinery. Use of Turbopumps in Piping Systems. Turbines. Selection and Operation of Turbines. Problems. 13. Measurements in Fluid Mechanics. Introduction. Measurement of Local flow Parameters. Flow Rate Measurement. Flow Visualization. Data Acquisition and Analysis. Problems. 14. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Introduction. Transport Processes in Fluids. Fundamental Equations of Mass and Heat Transport. Turbulent Transport. Evaluation the Transport Coefficients in the Environment. Problems. 15. Computational Fluid Dynamics. Appendix: Units and Conversion. Fluid Properties. Properties of Areas and Volumes / Compressible-Flow Tables for Air. Computer Programs. Films or Videocassettes. Bibliography. References. General Interest. Answers to Selected Problems in Chapters 1 Through 8. Index.

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