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Mechanics of Fluids

Mechanics of Fluids - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534379964

Cover of Mechanics of Fluids 3RD 02 (ISBN 978-0534379964)
ISBN13: 978-0534379964
ISBN10: 0534379966
Edition: 3RD 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2002
International: No

Mechanics of Fluids - 3RD 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534379964

Merle C. Potter and David C. Wiggert

ISBN13: 978-0534379964
ISBN10: 0534379966
Edition: 3RD 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2002
International: No

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.


  • Chapters 1-8 are organized around physical concepts and mathematics normally introduced in an undergraduate curriculum.
  • NEW! Added multiple-choice problems similar to those found on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and the GRE/Engineering Exam.
  • NEW! Replaced the BASIC computer code with MATLAB® solutions.
  • NEW! Added spreadsheet solutions where applicable.
  • NEW! Added more pedagogy to highlight key material. This includes margin notes, chapter outlines and summaries at the beginning and end of chapters, and a nomenclature list after the Preface.
  • NEW! Added additional explanatory material to worked examples to encourage the development of problem solving skills.
  • NEW! Added names and dates of the engineers and scientists referenced in the text.
  • Common types of flows are discussed in self-contained chapters. For example, all internal flows are discussed in Chapter 7 and all external flows are discussed in Chapter 8. Most of the phenomena of interest is introduced in Chapter 3, providing an overview Of Fluid Mechanics that is often missing in texts on this subject.
  • Chapters 9 through 14 focus on specialized topics. They include: Compressible Flow (Ch. 9) Flow in Open Channels (Ch. 10), Flows in Piping Systems (Ch. 11), Turbo machinery (Ch. 12), Measurements In Fluid Mechanics (Ch. 13), Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Ch. 14), And Computational Fluid Dynamics (Ch. 15).
  • Chapter 5 introduces students to the field equations. It is presented using a step-by-step approach while addressing mathematical issues at the proper level. This chapter is optional and an alternate approach is provided for who choose to use the more conventional elemental approach.
  • The mathematical level of this book is based on previous courses required in all engineering curricula (differential equations and vector algebra). Limited use is made of vector calculus with the use of the gradient operator.
  • Authors use several visualization tools to help students understand different concepts, including film clips that help students visualize many difficult-to-understand fluid-flow phenomena.
  • Design-type problems are at the end of several of the chapters to help students gain the needed capability to work many of the problems encountered in engineering situations and are noted by an icon.
  • NEW! Added a new chapter on computational fluid dynamics (ch. 15).
  • NEW! Deleted the duplicate examples and problems using SI and English units.

Author Bio

Potter, Merle C. :Michigan State University

Wiggert, David C. :Michigan State University

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.
APPENIDX. Units and Conversion. Fluid Properties. Properties of Areas and Volumes. Compressible-Flow Tables for Air. Computer Programs. Films or Videocassettes.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. References. General Interest.

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