Commenting on the importance of CFD in fluid mechanics curricula, Dr. Munson notes that, "There are many topics that a fluid mechanics student should learn, or at least be exposed to. Many of these topics have been around for a long time; other topics have emerged only recently. I believe that CFD is, perhaps, the most important of these recent topics. In only a few years, if not already, the practicing engineer will need to be at least familiar with the concept of CFD for various design, manufacturing, and research work. It probably will not be necessary for the engineer to know a lot related to the specific details of CFD, but many believe that a minimal exposure to the topic will be common place. It is our hope that the CFD material presented in this book will allow users to become 'up-to-date' in the fluids world."
Bruce Munson, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University, has developed many fluid mechanics courses for studies in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering science, and agricultural engineering, and has authored many technical papers in the area of fluid mechanics as well as this top-selling fluid mechanics textbook. Donald Young, professor emeritus of Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University, has been engaged in the field of fluid mechanics for 35 years, and has co-authored two textbooks on applied mechanics. Ted Okiishi, Associate Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University, has taught fluid mechanics there since 1967.
One contributor to the book, Dr. Wade Huebsch, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, said of the value of introducing undergraduate engineers to Computational Fluid Dynamics; "CFD facilitates the teaching of fluid mechanics by providing for the visualization of complex flows, while allowing a student to develop an intuitive feel for the flow physics. Equally important, where engineering students in the past were expected to have some knowledge of CAD, today many commercial firms have similar expectations regarding CFD knowledge. Thankfully, CFD has matured to the point where it may be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum using student-friendly software such as FlowLab 1.2" , Prof Huebsch was an early-adopter of Fluent's FlowLab 1.2 Educational CFD Software tool. FlowLab has been available to educational establishments worldwide for the last few years and is proving to be a valuable part of the teaching experience.
Munson, Young and Okiishi include 15 FlowLab-based CFD problems in the text. These CFD problems involve setup, solving, and post-processing of the following classical fluid flow exercises:
- Developing Flow in a Pipe
- Fully Developed Flow in a Pipe
- Sudden Expansion in a Pipe
- Flow over a Cylinder
- Flow over a ClarkY Airfoil
Additionally, the Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics textbook presents 60 "Fluids in the News" stories that illustrate some of the current, important, and novel ways that fluid mechanics impacts the real world. More than 1350 homework problems, including FlowLab-based CFD problems, stress the practical application of fluid mechanics principles. Also included are 165 examples that provide detailed solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. Figures are used extensively throughout the text to help students better visualize and understand basic concepts, and 80 separate videos which illustrate many interesting and practical applications of real world fluid phenomena are also available to purchasers of the textbook.
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About the Authors
Bruce R. Munson, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University and his Ph.D. degree from the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department of the University of Minnesota in 1970.
Prior to joining the Iowa State University faculty in 1974, Dr. Munson was on the mechanical engineering faculty of Duke University from 1970 to 1974. From 1964 to 1966, he worked as an engineer in the jet engine fuel control department of Bendix Aerospace Corporation, South Bend, Indiana.
Dr. Munson's main professional activity has been in the area of fluid mechanics education and research. He has been responsible for the development of many fluid mechanics courses for studies in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering science, and agricultural engineering and is the recipient of an Iowa State University Superior Engineering Teacher Award and the Iowa State University Alumni Association Faculty Citation.
He has authored and coauthored many theoretical and experimental technical papers on hydrodynamic stability, low Reynolds number flow, secondary flow, and the applications of viscous incompressible flow. He is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and The Physical Society.
Donald F. Young, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Engineering, received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics from Iowa State University, and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in fluid mechanics at Iowa State for many years. In addition to being named a Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering, Dr. Young has also received the Standard Oil Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award and the Iowa State University Alumni Association Faculty Citation. He has been engaged in fluid mechanics research for more than 35 years, with special interests in similitude and modeling and the interdisciplinary field of biomedical fluid mechanics. Dr. Young has contributed to many technical publications and is the author or coauthor of two textbooks on applied mechanics. He is a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Ted H. Okiishi, Associate Dean of Engineering and past Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, has taught fluid mechanics courses there since 1967. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State.
From 1965-1967, Dr. Okiishi served as a U.S. Army officer with duty assignments at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, where he participated in rocket nozzle heat transfer research, and at the Combined Intelligence Center, Saigon, Republic of South Vietnam, where he studied seasonal river flooding problems.
Professor Okiishi is active in research on turbomachinery fluid mechanics. He and his graduate students and other colleagues have written a number of journal articles based on their studies. Some of these projects have involved significant collaboration with government and industrial laboratory researchers with two technical papers winning the ASME Melville Medal.
Dr. Okiishi has received several awards for teaching. He has developed undergraduate and graduate courses in classical fluid dynamics as well as the fluid dynamics of turbomachines.
He is a licensed professional engineer. His professional society activities include having been chair of the board of directors of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Gas Turbine Institute and chair of the Engineering Research Council of the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the past editor of the Journal of Turbomachinery.
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