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Transport Phenomena, Revised 2nd Edition Hardcover – December 11, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0470115398 ISBN-10: 0470115394 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 905 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2nd edition (December 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470115394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470115398
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This a very useful book on momentum, heat,and mass transport.
doug
Transport Phenomenon by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot is one of the most useful chemical engineering textbook ever written.
Vivek Sharma
I do not know of another book that is organized quite like this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Sharma VINE VOICE on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Transport Phenomenon by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot is one of the most useful chemical engineering textbook ever written. For nearly five decades now, many chemical engineers have lived by what they learned first through this book. The revised edition makes the book current, though 1960 edition is great introduction to the mass, heat and energy and/or momentum transfer problems.

The basis idea of the book is simple: list the equations useful for a system of problems, say in mass transfer; provide set of assumptions used to arrive at those; suggest possible solutions to the differential equations for practical industry conditions; use correlations derived by researchers where real time data is unavailable and lastly, learn how to adapt solutions for different set of conditions. The book attempts to make problem solving into a set of instructions to be followed, and by sticking to the fundamental assumptions and equations allows one to attack a range of problems relevant to fields as diverse as diffusion transport, biochemical processes, condensation problems for atmospheric physics, chemical kinetics, heat conduction, petroleum extraction and flow of fluids relevant to many processing industries.

We often hailed it as the Bible of Chemical Engineering. Every now and then, (nearly a decade after we first read it) I still hear people say: this problem, or something like it, was in BSL, (the acronym awarded to the book after its authors). Be it Transport texts by Deen or Middleman typically used for graduate school courses, or Incompressible Flow by Patton, the recourse to understanding problems first hand through BSL is always rewarding.

The book comes with a number of solved and unsolved problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Godfroy on December 17, 2008
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This book was very difficult to understand on first pass through for my classes in Fluid Mechanics. However I have used it several times as a reference and each time I read it I seem to get more and more out of it. Requires a very good undertanding of vector calculus, but the examples are very helpful and are general enough that you can apply the principles learned to other situations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Huang on October 1, 2008
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This book is one of the best books I've come across as an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering. It presents the subject matter very well, in a nice, concise, well thought out order and layout. In addition, the text is unexpectedly not dense for such subject matter, and is very clear. Given some time with the book, reading is no problem! It gives ample practice problems and example problems. Only fault would be that it does not cover Stream Functions and Dimensional Analysis very well and that it sometimes does not give enough/good example problems for a few subjects. Overall though, a pleasure to use for the course!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on January 27, 2010
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If you are interested in buying this must-have transport phenomena intro text, you should try to purchase the latest available version (i.e. printing) of it. According to Wiley, the 8th printing of the Second Revised Edition is out with all typos, detected so far as of 2009-07-01, having been corrected, surfto bit.ly/page623 .The book front cover outside is indeed blue+yellow (instead of red+yellow) and says 'Second Edition' (instead of 'Revised Second Edition'). Please post your printing number in the comments section, along with purchase date - future buyers will appreciate this information detail, thank you!
By the way, a phenomenal introductory transport text, even more modern and uptodate in style and especially didactics and teaching conception plus which heavily integrates the use of the rather popular COMSOL commercial academic visual 3-D simulation software package for simultaneous coupled transport phenomena (formerly an addon for MATLAB called "FEMLAB") in its examples and homework problems is Joel Plawsky's book in its Second Edition (2009) version. Poor learners of transport phenomena should work with Plawsky's only from the very beginning but have this comprehensive introductory treatment in its Revised Second Edition always aside on desk, as reference. Equipped with these 2 intro texts, you will learn and understand with utmost efficiency and satisfaction!
Rated 4 stars due to missing innovative(!) supporting book companion webpage. Lack of free supplemental material or PC files as seen on Plawsky's book webpage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kibret Mequanint on October 17, 2007
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Anyone who either teaches the subject Transport Phenomena in Chemical Engineering or related departments, or anyone who is involved in transport-related research, would know the importance of this book: it is simply the gold standard because it treated all the three transport subjects (Momentum, Heat and Mass) in one book. It is rare to find other textbooks that cover all the three subjects to the depth one wishes to be covered. I like the footnotes that are embedded at the bottom of the pages to provide quick information on how and when the particular Section or Chapter is developed by those who studied and formulated it. It also constantly reminds the reader about those pioneers in the field. This last point is particularly useful to researchers more than to the undergraduates. It is a textbook that survived the taste of time for nearly 50 years.
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