Fluid Mechanics, Eighth Edition

The eighth edition of Fluid Mechanics sees some additions and deletions but no philosophical change. The basic outline of eleven chapters, plus appendices, remains the same. The triad of integral, differential, and experimental approaches is retained. Many problem exercises, and some fully worked examples, have been changed. The informal, student-oriented style is retained. A number of new photographs and figures have been added. Many new references have been added, for a total of 445. The writer is a firm believer in “further reading,” especially in the postgraduate years.

The total number of problem exercises continues to increase, from 1089 in the first edition, to 1683 in this eighth edition. There are approximately 20 new problems in each chapter. Most of these are basic end-of-chapter problems, classified according to topic. There are also Word Problems, multiple-choice Fundamentals of Engineering Problems, Comprehensive Problems, and Design Projects. The appendix lists approx­imately 700 Answers to Selected Problems.

The example problems are structured in the text to follow the sequence of recom­mended steps outlined in Section 1.7.

Most of the problems in this text can be solved with a hand calculator. Some can even be simply explained in words. A few problems, especially in Chapters 6, 9, and 10, involve solving complicated algebraic expressions, laborious for a hand calculator. Check to see if your institution has a license for equation-solving software. Here the writer solves complicated example problems by using the iterative power of Microsoft Office Excel, as illustrated, for example, in Example 6.5. For further use in your work, Excel also contains several hundred special mathematical functions for engineering and statistics. Another benefit: Excel is free.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Pressure Distribution in a Fluid
Chapter 3. Integral Relations for a Control Volume
Chapter 4. Differential Relations for Fluid Flow
Chapter 5. Dimensional Analysis and Similarity
Chapter 6. Viscous Flow in Ducts
Chapter 7. Flow Past Immersed Bodies
Chapter 8. Potential Flow and Computational Fluid Dynamics
Chapter 9. Compressible Flow
Chapter 10. Open-Channel Flow
Chapter 11. Turbomachinery
Appendix A Physical Properties of Fluids
Appendix B Compressible Flow Tables
Appendix C Conversion Factors
Appendix D Equations of Motion in Cylindrical Coordinates
Appendix E Estimating Uncertainty in Experimental Data
Answers to Selected Problems

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