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Physical Fluid Dynamics (Oxford Science Publications) [Paperback]

D. J. Tritton
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1 Sep 1988 0198544936 978-0198544937 2
The author here presents the dynamics of incompressible flow from the viewpoint of the physicist for the benefit of students and others in a variety of disciplines who need to understand fluid motion. The book will be of value to a wide range of readers, including those in the Earth sciences, physicists, engineers, and applied mathematicians.

In this new edition much of the material is new or rewritten but the purpose and style of the first edition are retained. Particular emphasis is given to information obtained by experiment and observation, in addition to analysis of the equations of motion, the book's primary concern is to convey fundamental understanding of the behaviour of fluids in motion.

Special features include an introductory non-mathematical treatment of three particular flow configurations: extensive consideration of topics of geophysical importance: an unusually detailed coverage of topics of which our knowledge comes primarily from experimental data; numerous photographs to illustrate the phenomena discussed; and a concluding chapter which demonstrates, by descriptions and photographs of a variety of examples, the wide applicability of fluid mechanics.

New topics in this second edition include double diffusive convection and modern ideas about dynamical chaos - mainly but not only in relation to transition to turbulence. The discussion of instabilities has been restructured and the treatments of separation and of convection in horizontal layers much extended.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 2 edition (1 Sep 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198544936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198544937
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From reviews of the first edition: 'reminds one of Prandtl's classic, 'Führer durch die Strömungslehre'... well suited as a text for introductory courses addressed to engineering students.'

'It should be quite straightforward to use Physical Fluid Dynamics as a text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses...[It] is one of those rare books that offers a qualitative advance over what was available previously.'

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D. J. Tritton is at University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if you have looked this far, buy the book. 21 July 1999
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If you are thinking of whether to buy this book, then my advice is buy it! Together with GK Batchelor's mathematical "An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics", it is probably the most frequently quoted one-volume general text on dynamics of incompressible flow.
The treatment is physical as opposed to an engineering or applied mathematical approach. The book spawned from advanced undergraduate physics courses the author taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Tritton prefaced that he appreciated the needs of geo- and planetary fluid dynamicsists better. However, and I agree totally with him, that it should be useful to all readers who need an understanding of physical phenomena of fluid motions.
The book should serve well as an undergraduate text and as a 'guide' to researchers. There are specific references and bibliography which the inquisitive readers can follow up.
There are 26 Chapters. Below are titles of some chapters which, I believe, are representatives of the book: 3. Flow past a circular cylinder 9. Some solutions of the viscous flow equations 10. Inviscid flow 12. Separation and attachment 14. Convection 15. Stratified flow 16. Flow in rotating fluids 17. Instabilities 19. Turbulence 23. Double diffusive free convection 24. Dynamical chaos 25. Experimental methods
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not ideal for mathematicians 16 Nov 2003
By karups - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not ideal for mathematicians. It is written in the style of a physics book, with a large portion of the book devoted to experimental results; the theory is developed in the context of explaining these results, with little mathematical discussion of the resulting equations beyond asymptotic analysis. (This may be expected, given the word "Physical" in the title.)
Overall it is a nice book. But the writing is not as clear as it could be. Some relevant properties of the example flows discussed are not stated explicitly, which I would discover by chance while working with the equations. Many of his derivations are also predicated by overly restrictive/unnecessary assumptions, with no mention of the behavior under other assumptions (although the problems require determining this in order to solve them). He leaves too much as an (often unstated) exercise for the reader. This is the reason I did not rate it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for physicists!! 2 Feb 2001
By Max AA - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best books on fluid dynamics I have ever read. Definitely, it was written for phycisist looking for a deep understanding of the astonishing fluid behavior rather than for applications. The author carefully explains, with a lot of wonderful photographs and simple pictures, all the basic ideas and fundamental concepts behind fluid dynamics, ranging from the flow in a pipe, to atmospheric convection and solar granulation. I think that every physicist who wants to learn about the underlying physics of fluids, should read and enjoy this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for physicists!! 2 Feb 2001
By Max AA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best books on fluid dynamics I have ever read. Definitely, it was written for phycisist looking for a deep understanding of the astonishing fluid behavior rather than for applications. The author carefully explains, with a lot of wonderful photographs and simple pictures, all the basic ideas and fundamental concepts behind fluid dynamics, ranging from the flow in a pipe, to atmospheric convection and solar granulation. I think that every physicist who wants to learn about the underlying physics of fluids, should read and enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is written for physicits 6 July 2013
By rjd - Published on Amazon.com
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The best book ever written on fluid dynamics for physicists is the one by Landau and Lifshitz. But Landau & Lifshitz is not accessible to undergraduates. I know, I tried using it in class and created a revolution. David Tritton was a professor of physics at the University of Newcastle in the UK. They had a unique emphasis on geophysics and this book was written to help undergraduate physics majors. I consider it the leading book for such students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, not for beginners 11 Jan 2013
By Nikolai Pastouchenko - Published on Amazon.com
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I think people who will benefit most from this book are those who already have a good knowledge of fluid mechanics and are looking for new insights on some subtle features. The math derivations are rather poor, many underlying assumptions are not explained, often i found myself wishing for a simple sketch which would greatly help to understand what the author is talking about when discussing some exotic fluid behavior or deriving equations, for example in chapter on rotating fluids and Taylor columns. Reading some sections feels like overview of journal publications; sometimes just printing photographs from JFM is not enough to fully understand what is going on, unless the reader is already familiar with the subject. On the other hand, the book covers some topics that are often neglected in other textbooks. Throughout the text there are some very interesting insights and comments about the physics of the phenomena that I have only seen published in specialized journals but not in standard textbooks. My feeling is that if you are just starting your study of fluid dynamics, then you will get more out of your invested time if you read 'Basic Fluid Mechanics' by Wicox (for engineers), or 'Fluid Mechanics' by Kundu (for physicists). But if you are a professional in the field or have already read basic textbooks and have several years of active working experience with fluids, e.g. doing cfd, then read this book to get a fresh perspective on the physics of the fluid phenomena.
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