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Fluid Mechanics, Fourth Edition Hardcover – December 5, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0123737359 ISBN-10: 0123737354 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 4 edition (December 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123737354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123737359
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A basic but comprehensive introductory text on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and applications in engineering and science. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kundu's book is an excellent textbook for fluid mechanics at an intermediate level.
Paulo Calil
This book would be excellent as a reference, since the chapters are well organized, generally thorough and up-to-date.
Jeffrey Borck
This is the best book for a grad student who wants to start learning the advanced topics in fluid mechanics.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Weel on September 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Pijush Kundu's textbook has established itself as the standard in introductory fluid mechanics. While most fluid dynamics texts are based around engineering, this book is an excellent cross section for scientists hoping to gain a thorough intuition about the subject. In addition, the first few chapters offer intuitive explanations of such vector operators as div and curl. The idea of curl was a complete mystery to me until I read Kundu's explanation of vorticity. This book is a must have for any applied scientist working in the physical world.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a master in mechanical engineer, and working with technical education, I had studied most of the more popular textbooks on fluid mechanics before, and get used not to expect many from "new" textbooks on the subject.
Although, when I came across this book, it was a little surprise. The text is very well written, and includes many advanced and interesting topics not found in other popular textbooks. It gives emphasis to qualitative explanation, and does not overwhelm you with lots of mathematics. The approach to subjects is very clever, insightful and meaningful.
I dare to say it renewed my pleasure in reading, studying and teaching fluid mechanics. Thanks and congratulations to Professor Kundu.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Zamani on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You have to know:
1- This is not an undergrad level book, so if you it is your fist exposure to the subject maybe you need another book (White, Streeter, Shames,...).
2- This is not a Mathematical Fluid Mech. book but, for sure it would be a very great resource for Math student. If you need more mathematical treatment of the subject you may use (Chorin and Marsden, Childress, Elementary Fluid Dynamics by Acheson, L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Meyer Richard E...).
3- It covers all the general topics in Fluid Mech up to a good introductory level but if you need more details you need to pickup a book on that specific topic.
For example: Boundary layer: H. Schlichting
Turbulence: Pope or P. A. Davidson
Stability: S. Chandrasekhar
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Joseph Pedlosky
Viscous flow: White
Wave Mechanics: Dean and Dalrymple or Chiang C. Mei

4- It flows well, the book is excellent, it almost covers the same level as incompressible flow by Panton or Batchlor's book but it is readable, almost error free, and very well written. It is the absolute best if you need a book for self study.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stavka on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best introductory books from outside the engineering community that can be used by beginners. I learned the basic equations of fluid dynamics by self-study from chapters 3-4. Chapter 3 is an excellent discussion of kinematics, taking time to carefully examine the various components of the strain rate tensor (although I prefer to call it the deformation tensor): this important topic is often ignored in other texts. Chapter 4 gives the derivation of the conservations laws (mass, momentum, and energy balance; angular momentum and entropy) including the corresponding forms for a rotating frame of reference. The development of the basic equations in Chs. 3-4 is systematic and very appealing to someone with a physics background.
The other chapters are: Vorticity Dynamics, Irrotational flow, Gravity waves, Dynamic similarity, Laminar flow, Boundary layers, Instability, Turbulence, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics, and Compressible Flow. Quite a range of material, all in one place. Overall, one of the best introductory books that I've seen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Hodges on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. While accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of physics, it is nonetheless a complete introduction to the science of fluid mechanics. It manages to give clear, complete explanations of concepts, while avoiding much of the tedious algebra and dry style of, say, Batchelor. Don't get me wrong though--Kundu is not lacking in rigor. As a first text to learn fluid mechanics from, to my knowledge, Kundu has no equal.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Dillon on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is not a great resource for a student. There are few examples, and the exercises at the end of each chapter are short and not very diverse. The exercises also have no solutions, not a big deal but the text has few examples.

If you just need a reference this book is ok, but please don't teach from it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on March 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Cohen and Kundu did a commendable job in coming up with a book that provides an excellent foundation in fluid mechanics. This should be the first book on the shelf for anyone seeking a comprehensive coverage of fluid mechanics which is readable, well organized and easy to follow. The novice and the expert will find the book useful, helpful and handy.

Although there are some few minor errors in the book, these do little to detract from a very enlightening and student-friendly textbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Borck on October 20, 2009
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I bought this book for a class in geophysical fluid dynamics. I have only a little background in fluid mechanics, but I have some experience with partial differential equations and tensor math (mostly electromagnetics). If you are light on tensor math and physics, this is NOT the book to start with. There are other books in tensor math you will need to read and work problems in first. PDEs are a prerequisite, too, so don't take this book lightly.

There is a very good review of tensor math and PDEs in the first chapter and appendices, but you will probably need additional references. The problems are challenging, and they range from easy to quite difficult. The math in this book also has a tendency to be terse, but not too sparse (and the author doesn't use the typical math book cliches, 'left as an exercise' or 'proof is trivial').

The chapters cover quite a few topics, from basic fluid motion, Newtonian and Eulerian flow, and turbulence and Reynolds numbers, to a few advanced topics like blood flow in biological systems. This book would be excellent as a reference, since the chapters are well organized, generally thorough and up-to-date. I plan to keep it on my shelf next to my physics and electromagnetics handbooks when I finish my GFD course.
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