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Lattice Boltzmann Modeling: An Introduction for Geoscientists and Engineers [Hardcover]

Michael C. Sukop , Daniel T. Thorne

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12 Dec 2006 3540279814 978-3540279815 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 2nd printing 2006

Here is a basic introduction to Lattice Boltzmann models that emphasizes intuition and simplistic conceptualization of processes, while avoiding the complex mathematics that underlies LB models. The model is viewed from a particle perspective where collisions, streaming, and particle-particle/particle-surface interactions constitute the entire conceptual framework. Beginners and those whose interest is in model application over detailed mathematics will find this a powerful 'quick start' guide. Example simulations, exercises, and computer codes are included.


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"a pleasant and self-contained introduction to lattice Boltzmann methods"

"written for the user in engineering and geoscience, and mathematical theory is kept to a necessary minimum."

"Rather than engage in lengthy introductions, derivations,validations,and existence and uniqueness theory,the authors take a completely practical point of view and simply make sure that the model is consistent with fundamental physical principles"

"Sukop and Thorne keep matters simple, but they succeed in demonstrating the amazing versatility and wide applicability of LBMs."

"this little book gives easy access to a simple yet powerful toolbox for complex flow phenomena."

REINHARD ILLNER, University of Victoria, In the SIAM REVIEW
c_ 2007 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Vol. 49,No . 1, pp . 123–176


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2.0 out of 5 stars this book describes great toy models, but not for engineers 11 Sep 2008
By Stijn - Published on Amazon.com
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I most value this book for its brief and lucid introductions to the physics (e.g. multiphase flows) that can be incorporated into lattice Boltzmann methods.

As far as the lattice Boltzmann method is concerned, I soon found myself relying on papers in literature rather than this book (although it has to be said that this book thoroughly references publications in literature).

My main criticisms arise from following points:

* as a quick start guide, this book falls short in not discussing issues like initialisation and the general streaming-collision framework. I found the latter particularly confusing, since their code snippets suggest that they solve a slightly different equation than the one analytically described in the book. Moreover, the extension from 2D to 3D (which is left to the reader) is not as trivial as the book suggests (e.g. for the boundary conditions).

* the book gives an introduction to phenomenological models for e.g. multiphase flows. If you are an engineer or geoscientist, you might want to use models that are quantitatively more correct.

* The book doesn't go beyond lattice-Boltzmann toy models. If you want to do something "real" with lattice-Boltzmann, you will need to address more advanced issues (like how to deal with curved boundaries, or with higher-order lattices). While one cannot expect from the scope of this book to address those issues directly, it is a pity that the book doesn't prepare in any way for those issues. So probably, you'll have to throw away your code and start all over again if you ever want to model something more.

* Due to ongoing research, this book starts to become outdated. In part because the book introduces lattice-Boltzmann models from lattice-gas cellular automata (as they evolved historically), instead of being directly based on the Boltzmann transport equation (as is more common nowadays).

Overall, I quickly abandoned this book while writing my lattice-Boltzmann code. Nevertheless, you can probably have a lot of fun with the models proposed in the book, as long as you don't want to do anything too useful with it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of lattice the Boltzmann method 5 Aug 2008
By Michael Dupin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book entirely dedicated to lattice Boltzmann, which is a recent numerical method for solving the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow (generally) and related configurations/issues (specifically and most recently).

It can be regarded as the little brother of Succi's book The Lattice Boltzmann Equation for Fluid Dynamics and Beyond (Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computation), as it is very similar, about half the length and came out 5 years later. It therefore represents a good complementary text to Succi's.

The authors follow roughly the same line of thought as Succi's, but differ in two major ways: 1) their theoretical discussions are not as pronounced but 2) they present a much larger number of applications and capabilities by lattice Boltzmann, on engineering issues.

This is an important and necessary book for any LB practitioner in search of ideas or anyone interested in finding out more about lattice Boltzmann.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners 24 Jan 2008
By D. Reasor Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a fairly detailed introduction into the 2D LB method. It includes helpful chunks of C/C++ that can be used to help write your own code. I would recommend this text to students that are having a hard time understanding the method based on the journal article literature available.

There is not a lot to learn for the expert in this field.
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