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A First Course in Turbulence [Hardcover]

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1 Jan 1972
The subject of turbulence, the most forbidding in fluid dynamics, has usually proved treacherous to the beginner, caught in the whirls and eddies of its nonlinearities and statistical imponderables. This is the first book specifically designed to offer the student a smooth transitionary course between elementary fluid dynamics (which gives only last-minute attention to turbulence) and the professional literature on turbulent flow, where an advanced viewpoint is assumed.Moreover, the text has been developed for students, engineers, and scientists with different technical backgrounds and interests. Almost all flows, natural and man-made, are turbulent. Thus the subject is the concern of geophysical and environmental scientists (in dealing with atmospheric jet streams, ocean currents, and the flow of rivers, for example), of astrophysicists (in studying the photospheres of the sun and stars or mapping gaseous nebulae), and of engineers (in calculating pipe flows, jets, or wakes). Many such examples are discussed in the book.The approach taken avoids the difficulties of advanced mathematical development on the one side and the morass of experimental detail and empirical data on the other. As a result of following its midstream course, the text gives the student a physical understanding of the subject and deepens his intuitive insight into those problems that cannot now be rigorously solved.In particular, dimensional analysis is used extensively in dealing with those problems whose exact solution is mathematically elusive. Dimensional reasoning, scale arguments, and similarity rules are introduced at the beginning and are applied throughout.A discussion of Reynolds stress and the kinetic theory of gases provides the contrast needed to put mixing-length theory into proper perspective: the authors present a thorough comparison between the mixing-length models and dimensional analysis of shear flows. This is followed by an extensive treatment of vorticity dynamics, including vortex stretching and vorticity budgets.Two chapters are devoted to boundary-free shear flows and well-bounded turbulent shear flows. The examples presented include wakes, jets, shear layers, thermal plumes, atmospheric boundary layers, pipe and channel flow, and boundary layers in pressure gradients.The spatial structure of turbulent flow has been the subject of analysis in the book up to this point, at which a compact but thorough introduction to statistical methods is given. This prepares the reader to understand the stochastic and spectral structure of turbulence. The remainder of the book consists of applications of the statistical approach to the study of turbulent transport (including diffusion and mixing) and turbulent spectra.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (1 Jan 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262200198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262200196
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henk Tennekes is Director of Research Emeritus at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam, and Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is the coauthor of A First Course in Turbulence (MIT Press, 1972).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read! 26 Nov 2000
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Never before has the crazy phenomenon that is fluid turbulence been explain with such lucidity and verve. From the initial transition from laminar to turbulent flow regimes to that oh so tiny Kolmogorov dissipative length scale this book had me gripped. Not for the fainted hearted undergradute - Tennekes and Lumley are the Tolstoy and Joyce of the fluid dynamic world!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Ahmed Al Makky 26 Jun 2011
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It's a great book to start with in the field of Turbulence. Many thanks to the author.
I would recommended it for engineering discipline students who are working on problems relating to low speed aerodynamics or incompressible fluid flows. This book is mostly intended for post graduate students.
The student must have a back ground in fluid mechanics because the material covered in the book assumes you have previous knowledge on Jets ,boundary layers , dimensionless numbers and most importantly the Navier-Stokes Equations.
The book skims through some mass transport issues but the book is not intended for reactive flows.
Derivations are presented in a simplified manner and get you to the required idea.
An introduction to vortex dynamics is covered in chapter three.
You can get through some chapters without any problems while other seem to be very strongly coupled with statistical mechanics methods.
Basic statistics and probability knowledge is required including the need to refresh spectral methods info especially for the last three chapters.
The first chapter is very well written and can give a quick introduction to turbulence.
Chapter 4 Boundary Free Shear Flows is an introductory chapter but for more knowledge you can read through a book by Pope called Turbulent Flows or look for a book on Jet Flows.
Chapter 5 Wall Bounded Shear Flows is an introductory chapter but for more knowledge you would have a look for a book called Boundary Layer Theory.
The book covers several turbulence models starting from the very simple mixing length theory to the Reynolds Averaging method (RANS) Note that LES is not covered.
Some times while reading the book like the wall bounded flows chapter you feel that some paragraphs don't give enough understanding to your questions due to them been cut down to much in information density.
i hope that was helpful good luck
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid book 6 Sep 2002
By "db597"
A solid book and very informative. It approaches the subject of turbulence from a mathematical angle and explores the subject in great depth. However, best suited to university undergrad and postgrad students.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Subject of Turbulence 31 Oct 2001
By Vejapong Juttijudata - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an excellent introduction to the subject of turbulence for any newcomer in the field. The book is focus on the true heart of turbulence with the emphasis on the physical insight. Justified by physical simplification, the scaling argument/similarity methods are basic tools to solve turbulence problem in the book. The solution from such methods give you the impression of the key physical mechanism behinds turbulent flows and hence the better understanding of the flows. Follow the way authors solve the problem closely, you will know how to do a hand combat with a real world turbulence problem.
The book requires only a knowledge of basic calculus as well as tensor notation. You only need a simple tensor operation. There is no requirement of statistical/stochastic tool knowledge. You can start this book right after you finish reading a advance fluid mechanics book e.g. Batchelor(1967), Panton(1996) and White(1991).
With my long experience in turbulence subject, I would say if I have to choose only one book for general purpose, I will defintely have "A First Course in Turbulence by Tennekes and Lumley". I have been reading the book more than 3--4 times but I find the book never ceases to give me a new insight of turbulence everytime I read.
Nonetheless, if you are looking for the bible of turbulence. I really mean the bible. You might consider having "Statistical Fluid Mechanics Vol 1 and 2 by Monin and Yaglom".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and refreshingly brief discussion of turbulence 22 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book ranks among the classics for people who actually work with turbulent flows. It is a brief but well composed discussion of many of the most fundamental concepts describing turbulence. It is approachable and accurate. It is slightly dated and does not provide as many modeling details as would be useful, but it is excellent as a conceptual discussion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book in Turbulence 25 July 2008
By Y. Lin - Published on Amazon.com
This is a must-have Turbulence book for anybody
who wants to study it seriously. The best thing
about it is it focuses on the physical aspects
rather than tedious algebra. The last three chapters
are not easy to understand but all the important
assumptions and results are clearly highlighted.
No keys to the Exercise problems are provided though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice! 8 July 2013
By oscar - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic pictures contained in this book are a must for hydraulicians. The new edition is of best quality. I absolutely recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 25 Feb 2013
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Its a great book in turbulence as everybody knows and I don't need to talk about that. Arrived very fast, it was brand new and good quality. I was afraid it would be some cheap copy, for the low price ($20), but its the original and hardbound. I've been wanting this book for so long and am really happy I got such a good bargain!
I recommend it strongly
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