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New McGraw-Hill fluid mechanics textbook draws on Fluent's CFD software and examples

Fluent : 24 March, 2005  (New Product)
Fluent Inc., announced today its contribution to the new undergraduate engineering textbook by Yunus
Fluent Inc., announced today its contribution to the new undergraduate engineering textbook by Yunus «engel and John Cimbala; Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. This book is aimed at a college level syllabus for engineering students. Professor «engel, professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, has written three very successful textbooks in the area of thermal sciences, including the top-selling textbook on Thermodynamics. Professor Cimbala is an award-winning expert in Air Quality and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.

Fluid mechanics is recognised to have unlimited practical applications ranging from microscopic biological systems to spacecraft propulsion, yet the subject has historically been one of the most challenging for undergraduate students. To help students meet those challenges, «engel and Cimbala have collaborated with Fluent Inc. to provide a detailed chapter on CFD and to combine their fluid mechanics textbook with a free multimedia DVD. Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications seeks to communicate directly with tomorrow's engineers in a simple yet precise manner. The text covers the basic principles and equations of fluid mechanics in the context of numerous and diverse real-world engineering examples. It aims to help students develop an intuitive understanding of fluid mechanics by emphasizing the physics, and by supplying easy-to-understand figures, numerous photographs and electronic visual aids to enhance the learning experience.

'This unique collaboration is a very exciting development in fluid dynamics education and a significant milestone for introductory CFD teaching,'' said Shane Moeykens, Fluent's university program and FlowLab product manager. 'CFD engineers of the future will now have access to a fluid mechanics educational textbook that provides an integrated approach to teaching the subject. The ability to use the textbook and FlowLab in an interactive multimedia environment should bring what can be a dry and mathematical subject to life with all the vividness that fluid flow phenomena exhibit in both the natural world and in the industrial arena.'

Fluid mechanics is a highly visual subject and the textbook features more illustrations and photographs than other text on the subject. It emphasizes the physical aspects of fluid mechanics in addition to mathematical representations and manipulations. In addition, it includes a wealth of material on the history of fluid mechanics. The authors include an introductory chapter on CFD and examples generated by CFD throughout the text. Real-world applications of fluid mechanics (written by guest authors) are featured in many chapters, and every chapter includes solved example problems. The text contains more than 1,600 homework problems.

The textbook's accompanying DVD features a range of experiments and FLUENT animations. The CFD chapter draws extensively on Fluent's student-friendly educational CFD tool, FLUENT/FlowLab, and 42 new FlowLab exercises are embedded within the chapter. Tutorial problems are included at the end of the chapter. Find out more about the book:
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