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Introduction to Fluid Mechanics - Pref

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics - Pref

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Published by: Nguyễn Hồng Quân on Jan 05, 2009
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Preface
This book was written as a textbook or guidebook on fluid mechanics forstudents or junior engineers studying mechanical or civil engineering. Therecent progress in the science of visualisation and computational fluiddynamics is astounding. In this book, effort has been made to introducestudents /engineers to fluid mechanics by making explanations easy tounderstand, including recent information and comparing the theories withactual phenomena.Fluid mechanics has hitherto been divided into ‘hydraulics’, dealing withthe experimental side, and ‘hydrodynamics’, dealing with the theoretical side.In recent years, however, both have merged into an inseparable single science.A great deal was contributed by developments in the science of visualisationand by the progress in computational fluid dynamics using advances incomputers. This book is written from this point of view.The following features are included in the book
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Many illustrations, photographs and items of interest are presented foreasy reading.
2.
Portrait sketches of
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selected pioneers who contributed to thedevelopment of fluid mechanics are inserted, together with briefdescriptions of their achievements in the field.
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Related major books and papers are presented in footnotes to facilitateadvanced study.
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Exercises appear at the ends of chapters to test understanding
of
thechapter topic.
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Special emphasisisplaced on flow visualisation and computational fluiddynamics by including
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colour plates to assist understanding.Books and papers by senior scholars throughout the world are referenced,with special acknowledgements to some of them. Among these, ProfessorR.
F.
Boucher, one of my oldest friends, assumed the role of editor of theEnglish edition and made numerous revisions and additions by checking thebook minutely during his busy time as Principal and Vice-Chancellor ofUMIST. Another is Professor K. Kanayama of Musashino AcademiaMusicae who made many suggestions as my private language adviser. In

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