on 21 May 2010
I would like to thank the authors for there marvellous peace of work. I predict that in the coming future with the introduction of future editions, this book will become an important reference in finite volume methods which will be a must to read for every student. The student can read through it but with difficulty if he had no back ground in numerical analysis. So my advice is that the student should have knowledge in numerical analysis to read this book. If the reader has in mind to work on compressible codes or problems this book will not be helpful because its main focus is on incompressible fluids. If the reader has future plans to work on CFD software this book will be very beneficial for him. Self study of this book will take the reader about (6 to 9) months to get a full understanding of the book. I presume with academic assistance that will cut down the period from (6 to 4) months. The book will be help full for the reader to work on a CFD code, but does not have the required material to write a CFD code. The problem is that the after reading the book , it would be hard for the reader to formulate problems related to combustion and reactive flows.
Chapter 1 , Chapter 2, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, are excellently explained with very easy examples to go through.
Chapter 3 is well written but it's to dense in theory especially when different turbulence models are discussed which gets boring at some point.
Chapter 6: incompressible fluids simulations need pressure correction during the calculation, comparing this chapter to other CFD books its best described in my point of view, its well organized and written but the theory is hard to understand, there are two solved problems but don't seem simple to understand.
Chapter 7: it's organized in layout and has a good 2d solved example, but the material in the chapter is just introductory and the reader should cover his thirst for a better understanding from a numerical analysis text book. It's not enough for the reader to get a good grip of things.
Chapter 8: has been given a very small part of the book while i think it should be given more attention, it would have been beneficial for the reader if the Runge Kutta example had been provided.
Chapter 9: the boundary conditions chapter hasn't been given enough talk, with no solved examples. Boundary conditions were covered in solved examples in chapters 4 ,5 ,6 and 11.
Chapter 10: it's a short introductory chapter for error analysis. Simple error analysis use was discussed in chapter 4.
Chapter 11: it's organized in layout and has a good 2d solved example, discretization of the linear and none linear terms for unstructured grid is introduced but not that easy to go through, but the material in the chapter is just introductory and the reader should cover his thirst for a better understanding from a Grid Generation text book. It's not enough for the reader to get a good grip of things.
Chapter 12: Is well written but also dense in information, but not enough and detailed examples solved to be enough for the reader to formulate his combustion problem.
Chapter 13 : Can be considered as a short introduction into radiative heat transfer.
I hope this was helpful. Whish you best of luck.