Synopses & Reviews
This updated and revised edition of Dr. Ronald L. Panton's Incompressible Flow provides readers with an exceptionally clear, unified, and carefully paced introduction to advanced concepts in fluid mechanics. Dubbed by one reviewer as "the most teachable book on the market," it begins with basic principles and then patiently develops the math and physics leading to the major theories. Throughout, a unified presentation of physics, mathematics, and engineering applications is achieved, and the text is liberally supplemented with helpful exercises and example problems.
Laying the foundation for a thorough understanding of incompressible flow, Dr. Panton devotes the first third of the book to a precise formulation of the physical concepts and mathematical equations governing compressible viscous flows of Newtonian fluids. This part of the book includes chapters on the thermodynamics of simple materials and the mathematics of vector and tensor analysis.
The book's coverage of stream functions and the velocity potential features special approaches in which stream functions can be extended to other coordinate systems. Dr. Panton also emphasizes the physical interpretation of vorticity dynamics by deftly combining vorticity, associated controlling processes, and the laws that govern them.
Subsequent, more detailed coverage of incompressible flow is organized into the various Reynolds number regimes. The discussion of moderate Reynolds number flows introduces a finite difference numerical technique and reviews classic results for flow over a cylinder, including results from large eddy simulations. High Reynolds number flows— that is, inviscid flows and boundary layers— are given a unified treatment over the course of several chapters so as to emphasize their interconnection. The chapter on low Reynolds number flows emphasizes the different singular natures of two- and three-dimensional external flows and reviews a number of recent results concerning internal flows. Dr. Panton concludes by introducing students to the nomenclature and contemporary concepts used in stability, transition, and turbulence— fields in which recent progress has occurred.
Incompressible Flow, Second Edition is the ideal choice for graduate-level fluid mechanics courses offered in mechanical, aerospace, and chemical engineering programs.
Incompressible flows are flows of gases or liquids for which changes in density are not relevant to the physics of their interactions with solid bodies. Occupying as it does a central position in the science of fluid dynamics, the study of incompressible flows is fundamental to a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines, including hydraulics; hydrodynamics; aerodynamics; hydrology; mechanical, aerospace, and chemical engineering; and many others.
This updated and revised edition of Ronald L. Panton's classic, Incompressible Flow, provides readers with:
- A comprehensive introduction to advanced concepts in fluid mechanics
- A carefully paced presentation that begins with basic principles and then patiently develops the math and physics leading to the major theories
- Balanced, unified treatments of physics, mathematics, and engineering applications throughout
- Complete coverage of elemental flow processes for the different Reynolds number regions, including inviscid flows and boundary layers
- A detailed introduction to stability, transition, and turbulence mechanics
- Many helpful exercises and example problems
Dubbed "the most teachable book on the market," Incompressible Flow, Second Edition is now, more than ever, an indispensable resource for both graduate students and practicing engineers in mechanical, aerospace, chemical, and civil engineering.
Synopsis
The second edition is needed to update research, examples, and applications to industry. The presentation starts with basic principles followed with a patient development of the mathematics and physics leading to theories of fluids supported with examples and problem exercise.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 819-829) and index.
About the Author
RONALD L. PANTON, PhD, is J. H. Herring Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the ASME Fluid Mechanics Committee and served a term on the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committees. He is a former associate editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering.
Dr. Panton received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds degrees in mechanical engineering, engineering, and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and Wichita State University. Early in his career, he worked for five years in the aircraft industry and with the U.S. Air Force. He was involved in the prediction of engine performance and analysis of flight test results on a Mach 2 fighter aircraft and worked on the X-15 Research Rocket Plane project.
The principal investigator on over thirty research grants, Ronald L. Panton has focused his research activities primarily on fluid flows and acoustics. He has conducted experimental, theoretical, and numerical studies on a wide variety of projects. His research in turbulent wall layers has centered on correlation laws for mean and fluctuating quantities, in particular, the wall pressure statistics. Other work deals with interaction of turbulence, orifices, and acoustic resonators.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents:
Continuum Mechanics.
Thermodynamics.
Vector Calculus and Index Notation.
Kinematics of Local Fluid Motion.
Basic Laws.
Some Incompressible-Flow Patterns.
Dimensional Analysis.
Compressible Flow.
Incompressible Flow.
Streamfunctions and the Velocity Potential.
Vorticity Dynamics.
Flows at Moderate Reynolds Numbers.
Asymptotic Analysis Methods.
Kinematic Decomposition of Flow Fields.
Ideal Flows in a Plane.
Boundary Layers.
Low Reynolds Number Flows.
Introduction to Stability and Transition.
Introduction to Turbulent Flows.
Appendices.
Supplemental Reading List.
References.
Index.