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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Ahmed Al Makky, 26 Jun 2011
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This review is from: A First Course in Turbulence (Hardcover)
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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