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on 10 March 2012
Many thanks to the Author. The way the author speaks to the reader through the written material in the book makes the reader enjoy reading the book and the simplified way the equations have been presented helps in attracting the reader's attention to read more about turbulence. This book is advisable for researchers working on turbulence models development, astrophysical and geophysical research projects. It can provide engineers with some introductory material on turbulence.
Part I The classical picture of turbulence
Chapter 1
This chapter provides the reader with an introductory descriptive material about Turbulence and occasional life encounters. This chapter is easy and the reader should not go through much trouble in reading it.
Chapter 2
This chapter covers the Navier-Stokes equations and dissects them into different and discuses each one and its impact on the flow properties. Engineering student would find some difficulty in reading this chapter because engineering students focus is mostly on the Bernoulli's equation due to its relation to the application side of things. Masters level and aerospace engineers won't find much difficulty in reading this chapter but won't be able to really get to the solving part of the equations. Mathematicians and physics research students can get through it because the majority have covered a module of computational PDEs. Therefore they would have an advantage over engineering students.
Chapter 3
This chapter covers the origin and nature of turbulence through the use of some statistical tools that is done through some coverage of real life cases.
Chapter 4
Turbulent shear flows and simple closure models, during the process of applying turbulence models to solve the Navier stokes a closure term to solve the equations is required. This chapter covers some of the encountered problems. The reader has to know that Turbulnce models are a variety of statistical and probability tools applied to the Navier Stokes equations in order to introduce new parameters that describe some physical phenomena.
Chapter 5
The phenomenology of Taylor, Richardson, and Kolmogorov, this chapter has been given lots of attention due to the importance of the theory of the energy cascade , in other words showing how energy is transferred from large scales to small scale turbulence structures.
Part II Freely decaying, homogenous turbulence
Chapter 6
Isotropic turbulence (in real space) is covered where again this chapter covers the energy cascade theory simplifying the study by regarding the studied case as an isotropic turbulence case leading the reader to study the length scales dynamics and how different length scales interact between each other using different derived quantification parameters, some prior knowledge of probability, statistics and tensors is required in this chapter.
Chapter 7
The role of numerical simulations, no way it is applicable to solve the Navier Stokes equations without the direct influence of computers to the process, therefore this chapter exposes the importance of computers in the advancement process of turbulence models.
Chapter 8
Isotropic turbulence (in spectral space), Spectral space studies are always favoured by physicists and mathematicians due to their intensive use of spectral space to solve their problems while engineers would find some difficulty in understanding this chapter due to that they are unfamiliar with the use of spectral space tools.
Part III Special Topics
Chapter 9
The influence of rotation, stratification, and magnetic fields on turbulence this chapter is related to astrophysical application of turbulence. It takes into account the effects of electromagnetic fields on turbulence.
Chapter 10
This chapter covers two dimensional turbulence which is something not avoidable after the reader has gone through the book , this introduces the reader to a more complex problem in turbulnce which introduces new factors to take into account.
Praying for you not to encounter much turbulence while reading in this field, I hope that was helpful and good luck
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