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Transport Phenomena, 2nd Edition [Hardcover]

R. Byron Bird , Warren E. Stewart , Edwin N. Lightfoot
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July 25, 2001 0471410772 978-0471410775 2
Careful attention is paid to the presentation of the basic theory.
* Enhanced sections throughout text provide much firmer foundation than the first edition.
* Literature citations are given throughout for reference to additional material.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 895 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (July 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471410772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471410775
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great October 2, 2005
First let me stress, this subject is hard, very hard. This may very well be the toughest subject you take in college. Regarding the book, it has some very strong points, and some very week points.

1. There are some good examples
2. Answers to some difficult, multiple part problems are given (under the problems which is quite handy) so that you can complete later parts of a problem if you are not able to solve the early parts.
3. Figures used in text are well defined and labeled very well.
4. Problems are well organized and titled based upon the material they cover.
5. There are few, if any, pictures, figures, or other useless graphics or material that so many textbook writers include, that add virtually nothing to the learning of the subject at hand. This is very nice because it keeps the weight of the textbook relatively low, and does not force you to scan through the 'fluff' to find the pertinent information.

1. Unit conversion tables are unconventional, awkward, and are very limited. Some students may have conversions memorized, however, this is not always the case, and for some obscure units, the conversions are not given and must be found elsewhere.
2. Examples are hit or miss. As I said, there are some good examples, however, there are some that are not very useful.
3. Problems can be somewhat cryptic, and not at all straightforward.
4. Sometimes skips key steps in derivations leading to confusing results.
5. Chapter reviews are nonexistent. It would be very nice if there were a list of important equations, definitions, and key concepts at the end of each chapter.

I understand that this is a very tough subject, especially if this is the first time seeing the material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic text in a new edition. March 7, 2006
Having worn out my original copy, purchased almost 40 year ago,

the new edition includes much new material presented in a clear

and understandable format as well as numerous well chosen problems and examples. An essential reference to all those

interested in transport phenomena.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is no joke January 8, 2006
If you want to know transport well, this is the best book out for anyone. These guys weren't playing games when the they wrote this book. This book is serious, but don't use it as your introductory transport book beacues it is too advanced to start with, due to the fact that it is a graduate text. Once you have a grasp for the subject then you definitely need to check it out. Look in any other book and they will have it as a reference. I dont't know why these guys don't write more books.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece May 10, 2004
By A Customer
I first used BS&L over 30 years ago for my first Transport classes in Chemical Engineering. It's depth and breadth is such that it was a primary text for four other courses I took later in grad school. I pulled the book out a couple of days ago to review my understanding of heat transfer to help explain it to some youngsters.
To those who complain that it has too much math...take up a new field. Math and science are inextricably linked. Science isn't just your high school teacher babbling about ecology and the "circle of life". This is hard science, the kind that builds nations and brings societies out of disease-infested environments. If you're using this text and can't take the heat, better get out of the kitchen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this classic January 31, 2002
The first edition of this book was published in 1960, and was an absolute classic in the field of heat and mass transfer and viscous flow. I had given up on getting it, since it was so old, when this 2nd edition came out. It's a good graduate level text, very readable and usable with a wealth of solutions for real world problems. Take the opportunity to get this book before it goes out of print again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reintroducing an old friend in a new suit July 21, 2007
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Most chemical engineers grew up with BSL. For myself, I found out what the graduate students were using. The old red-back version was intimidating. It was hard to use. The calculus was, and is, generally over my head. But... after reading through a few problems, the mathematics seemed familiar, the approach seemed to explain all my questions and the solution was, if not directly applicable, one that I could borrow for a difficult problem.

I remember once working on a product development for Andrew Jergens. My goal was to estimate the production capacity of a stepwise batch process. Others would ultimately use my numbers to estimate the price of the product. I had to get it right! One step involved melting this wax, a synthetic whale wax, over an electric heater. I knew the BTU output but there were several physical constraints. After a few sleepless nights and pawing through the University of Cincinnati library I was stumped. Then, I started looking through BSL.Oui la! There is a problem on de-frosting turkeys ¯ a real life practical application of heat transfer; supposedly, this is how Birdseye came up with the table you see on the outside of turkey wrappings on Thanksgiving.

It did not take me long to see the application. I spent a morning doing lab experiments for my physical properties and the afternoon fitting the measurements to their procedure. The method worked.

The second edition has much better graphics and a good index. The index and table of contents in the first edition made the book unwieldy.

I recently became interested in calculating the heat-up time in a hydrolysis bed. One of the crucial problems was calculating h', the volumetric heat transfer coefficient (BTU/hr-cubic feet-F: h X l).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If you don't have Chemical Eng background, it is not good for you!!
I got this book in 2009 as it was required by a course I took. Unfortionatly, I bought later other fundamental books because this one assumes you have strong background... Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Orcestra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but need solid background to understand
Overall this is a good book for learning transport phenomena, however, if you are lacking in some of the fundamentals (fluids, heat, etc) some of the steps in the examples don't... Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by J. Via
4.0 out of 5 stars Good boock for class
All what we need.

The info is great for university grade solarcship

A must have in ingenering (chemical or biological)
Published on November 6, 2006 by Thomas-louis Laforest
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book very much
Many years ago, when I was still in college and needed a part-time job, some people asked me if I could solve heat and mass transfer problems. Read more
Published on April 24, 2005 by Jill Malter
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever for transport phenomena
I had a chance to take the course with this book at the University of Wisconsin and I think it was probably the most difficult course I have taken. Read more
Published on September 1, 2004 by E. Fernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars What should be expected from people who take Forty years.
While the first edition was the seminal standard, I don't see how the second edition can be considered the same. First of all just look at the back cover, that's glaring. Read more
Published on July 15, 2004 by Charles Fivelson
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprise may await you !
I am very pleased with the content of the book - it is a classic. However, there's more to the package. Read more
Published on March 11, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Book
If you're an expert on Chemical Engineering, it would be a great book. But then, one wouldn't be buying a book about it. Read more
Published on October 5, 2003
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