Higher Education

Mechanics of Fluids, 4th Edition

  • Merle C. Potter Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
  • David C. Wiggert Michigan State University
  • Bassem H. Ramadan Kettering University
  • ISBN-10: 0495667730  |  ISBN-13: 9780495667735
  • 794 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

MECHANICS OF FLUIDS presents fluid mechanics in a manner that helps students gain both 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 that help students visualize the many difficult-to-understand phenomena of fluid mechanics. Explanations are based on basic physical concepts as well as mathematics which are accessible to undergraduate engineering students. This fourth edition includes a Multimedia Fluid Mechanics DVD-ROM which harnesses the interactivity of multimedia to improve the teaching and learning of fluid mechanics by illustrating fundamental phenomena and conveying fascinating fluid flows.

Features and Benefits

  • Introductory material (chapter 1-9) has been carefully selected to introduce students to all the fundamental areas of fluid mechanics.
  • Important concepts are all illustrated by detailed, worked-out examples.
  • Numerous homework problems, many having multiple parts, provide the student with ample opportunity to gain experience solving problems of various levels of difficulty.
  • Design-type problems are included in several chapters.
  • FE/EIT exam type problems are included in the appropriate chapters, noted by the use of an exam icon.
  • The book is written emphasizing SI units, however, all properties and dimensional constants are given in English units also.
  • Advanced mathematics, such as vector and tensor calculus and solutions to partial differential equations, is kept at a minimum so students are better able to follow the conversion of concepts into mathematical expressions.

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. Summary. Problems.
2. FLUID STATICS.
Introduction. Pressure at a Point. Pressure Variation. Fluids at Rest. Linearly Accelerating Containers. Rotating Containers. Summary. Problems.
3. INTRODUCTION TO FLUIDS IN MOTION.
Introduction. Description of Fluid Motion. Classification of Fluid Flows. The Bernoulli Equation. Summary. Problems.
4. THE INTEGRAL FORMS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL LAWS.
Introduction. The Three Basic Laws. System-to-Control-Volume Transformation. Conservation of Mass. Energy Equation. Momentum 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. Summary. 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. Summary. Problems.
8. EXTERNAL FLOWS.
Introduction. Separation. Flow Around Immersed Bodies. Lift and Drag on Airfoils. Potential Flow Theory. Boundary Layer Theory. Summary. 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. Summary. 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. Summary. Problems.
11. FLOWS IN PIPING SYSTEMS.
Introduction. Losses in Piping Systems. Simple Pipe Systems. Analysis of Pipe Networks. Unsteady Flow in Pipelines. Summary. Problems.
12. TURBOMACHINERY.
Introduction. Turbopumps. Dimensional Analysis and Similitude for Turbomachinery. Use of Turbopumps in Piping Systems. Turbines. Summary. Problems.
13. MEASUREMENTS IN FLUID MECHANICS.
Introduction. Measurement of Local Flow Parameters. Flow Rate Measurement. Flow Variation. Data Acquisition and Analysis. Summary. Problems.
14. COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS.
Introduction. Examples of Finite Difference Methods. Stability, Convergence, and Errors. Solution of Couette Flow. Solution of Two-Dimensional Steady-State Potential Flow. Summary.
APPENDIX A. UNITS AND CONVERSIONS AND VECTOR RELATIONSHIPS
APPENDIX B. FLUID PROPERTIES
APPENDIX C. PROPERTIES OF AREAS AND VOLUMES
APPENDIX D. COMPRESSIBLE-FLOW TABLES FOR AIR
APPENDIX E. NUMERICAL SOLUTIONS FOR CHAPTER 10
APPENDIX F. NUMERICAL SOLUTIONS FOR CHAPTER 11

What's New

  • Now includes a Multimedia Fluid Mechanics DVD-ROM which uses actual fluid flows to illustrate the concepts presented in the text.
  • Addition of real-life applications to examples and problems now helps with the transition from theory to application.
  • More examples have been added to illustrate the theory presented in the text and to aid the student's understanding.
  • Video Tutorials and Mini Exams. Each tutorial gives a learning objective and presents audio and visual explanations of the concepts. 22 Mini-Exams containing several exam problems are for self study and cover one or more sections of the textbook.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

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

— John R. Biddle, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"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."

— Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos, San Jose State University

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Instructor Supplements

Multimedia Fluid Mechanics DVD  (ISBN-10: 0521721695 | ISBN-13: 9780521721691)

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Student Supplements

Multimedia Fluid Mechanics DVD  (ISBN-10: 0521721695 | ISBN-13: 9780521721691)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Merle C. Potter

Dr. Merle C. Potter holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University, as well as an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Potter taught for 40 years, including 33 of years at Michigan State University where he taught thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and numerous other courses. Dr. Potter has authored and co-authored 35 textbooks, help books, and engineering exam review books. He has specialized in fluid flow stability and energy research. He has received numerous awards, including the Ford Faculty Scholarship, the Teacher-Scholar Award, the ASME Centennial Award, the MSU Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award, and the James Harry Potter Thermodynamics Gold Medal. Dr. Potter is a member of ASEE, ASME, and the American Academy of Mechanics.

David C. Wiggert

Dr. David C. Wiggert earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and serves as 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.

Bassem H. Ramadan

Dr. Bassem Ramadan serves as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering and has expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics, combustion, fluid flow analysis and modeling, thermal systems design and modeling, energy conservation and analysis. He is a Fellow of ASME and was the recipient of an "Outstanding Teacher Award", "Distinguished Researcher Award", "Outstanding Applied Researcher Award", and "Outstanding New Researcher Award" from Kettering University. His research experience is in three-dimensional, transient, turbulent, reacting and non-reacting flows. Dr. Ramadan is a member of ASEE, ASME, ACS, and SAE.