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Transport Phenomena, Revised 2nd Edition [Hardcover]

R. Byron Bird , Warren E. Stewart , Edwin N. Lightfoot
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December 11, 2006 0470115394 978-0470115398 2nd
Transport Phenomena has been revised to include deeper and more extensive coverage of heat transfer, enlarged discussion of dimensional analysis, a new chapter on flow of polymers, systematic discussions of convective momentum,and energy. Topics also include mass transport, momentum transport and energy transport, which are presented at three different scales: molecular, microscopic and macroscopic. If this is your first look at Transport Phenomena you'll quickly learn that its balanced introduction to the subject of transport phenomena is the foundation of its long-standing success.

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Product Details

  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true chemical engineering classic 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but very good December 17, 2008
Format:Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book doesn't need a review December 13, 2009
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This book doesn't need a review. This edition and the first define the subject of transport phenomena.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, great book, only minor faults 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Standard for Transport Phenomenon February 24, 2008
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Using this book as an undergraduate student, it really was hard for me to understand what it was telling me at first, but combined with a good professor I realized that the book was very readable and has detailed, consise information about transport processes. It also serves as a great reference to fluid mechanics and heat transfer courses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transport Phenomena October 17, 2007
Format:Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revised Second Edition, 8th printing 2010 January 27, 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult subject and book
I am an undergrad writing this, and needless to say there are probably far wiser people reviewing this book... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jen Nacht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference source
I love this book. It really helps when tackling other more advanced books. Great references, and great ease of reading.
Published 6 months ago by Frank R Mieles
4.0 out of 5 stars a little werid Smell
The paper smells a little weird. And the cover has been broken when it comes. But the it does not influence reading.
Published 8 months ago by Lian Ma
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all good
I previously complained about receiving the 2nd edition, and not the Revised 2nd edition. Then I started using the book and realized that it was the Revised 2nd edition, but with... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This textbook came in perfect condition. It was wrapped in plastic and wasn't touched prior. Very good quality and was 150 bucks cheaper than getting it used at my university's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Condition
Brand new still in plastic wrap. Corner of the cover is a bit bent. Besides that everything is in good condition.
Published 10 months ago by Toohgeeho
5.0 out of 5 stars In Perfect Condition and Fast Shipping
I needed this book for one of my chemical engineering courses.I got it brand new for $160 less than what my bookstore was selling it for. I couldn't have asked for a better deal.
Published 11 months ago by Christian Doney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coverage of the Basics of the Subject
I now own four mass transfer books. This book does the best job of properly explaining analogous properties, how to look at each calculation for information within the system and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by s. stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to understand
Sometimes this book is understand, but other times it just seems like it's written in a foreign language... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Work
This is arguably the greatest textbook for chemical engineering ever written. Its influence in the chemical engineering world cannot be understated. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kyle M.
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