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Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics Corrected Edition
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Their method is state-of-the-art and they provide plenty of results to support it's quality. It is mostly directed towards incompressible flows. They provide a chapter that extends their method to compressible flows but they do not describe any special convection schemes for flows with shock waves. It can be applied to both structured and arbitrarily unstructured grids, although their approach to the discretization of the convection and diffusion terms is particularly useful in the case of arbitrarily unstrucured grids. State of the art subjects such as multigrid and error-driven grid refinement are also covered and integrated into their method.
I agree with a previous reviewer that they provide a very good coverage of solution methods for linear equation systems which arise in CFD. Most other books on CFD (all the ones that I have read) have a poor coverage of the subject and describe only old and inneficient methods. However even this book does not sufficiently describe conjugate-gradient type methods or Krylov subspace methods in general, but references are provided.
In conclusion, this book is not for beginners but for code developers who have some basic knowlwdge of CFD and a relatively good mathematical background.
I really appreciate that all numerical results presented are thoroughly documented. That counts.
Really, really nice chapter on iterative solvers....
Good overall description on many other topics such as multi-grid methods, turbulence, grid geometry and PV coupling.
This book really helped me speed up my homegrown quite a bit.
They also have all kinds of stuff available by ftp....
With respect to applications: I used the book in a graduate-level computational fluid dynamics course, and when I was actually writing CFD code, I found the book to be of no help at all. I used Tannehill, Anderson, and Pletcher's "Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer" to be very helpful with finite difference, and Ptankar's "Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow" and Versteeg's "Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics" to be far superior with respect to the finite volume approach (although finite volume is the main focus of the book). With respect to the "special topics", nothing is covered with any substance, everything is glossed over, and nearly half of the book is, in my opinion, a waste. Chung's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" is a much better all-in-one reference book that covers special topics FAR better - with enough detail that one could actually attempt to implement them in a code.
With respect to the fundamental approach: I think Anderson's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" book gives a much better, more physically intuitive description of the governing equations and of finite volume discretization. Ferziger does a weak job of covering nearly everything in his book, and the finite volume introduction is no exception.
Overall, this is a watered-down introduction to CFD. It does not to justice to any of the subjects it covers, particularly the special topics. It is a terrible textbook for a CFD class, and although it has been sitting on my bookshelf for 3 years, I always pass it over in favor of other references (see above for list).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recommended for those just starting to use CFD, or for those using CFD but not making their own code or program.Published on October 7, 2013 by Nicholas Carrigy
Teaches several methods you can use to make your simulations some methods are quite simple and will allow you to understand the mechanics of CFD.Published on May 25, 2013 by Roger Ponce
I used this text as a part of an intro to CFD class I am taking. I wasn't very impressed by this book. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Lance C. Hibbeler
Peric's PhD thesis is one of my most precious possessions. I consider Ferziger to be one of THE greats in Large Eddy Simulation. So I had great hopes for this book. Read morePublished on January 28, 2002 by David Paterson