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New Fluid Mechanics Textbook Draws on Fluent’s CFD Software and Examples
Posted Mon February 28, 2005 @11:18PM
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ANSYS FLUENT Fluent Inc., world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, has announced its contribution to the new undergraduate engineering textbook by Yunus Çengel and John Cimbala; Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. This book is aimed at a college level syllabus for engineering students.

Professor Çengel, professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, has written three very successful textbooks in the area of thermal sciences, including the top-selling textbook on Thermodynamics. Professor Cimbala is an award-winning expert in Air Quality and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.


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Fluid mechanics is recognised to have unlimited practical applications ranging from microscopic biological systems to spacecraft propulsion, yet the subject has historically been one of the most challenging for undergraduate students. To help students meet those challenges, Çengel and Cimbala have collaborated with Fluent Inc. to provide a detailed chapter on CFD and to combine their fluid mechanics textbook with a free multimedia DVD. Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications seeks to communicate directly with tomorrow's engineers in a simple yet precise manner. The text covers the basic principles and equations of fluid mechanics in the context of numerous and diverse real-world engineering examples. It aims to help students develop an intuitive understanding of fluid mechanics by emphasizing the physics, and by supplying easy-to-understand figures, numerous photographs and electronic visual aids to enhance the learning experience.

“This unique collaboration is a very exciting development in fluid dynamics education and a significant milestone for introductory CFD teaching,’’ said Shane Moeykens, Fluent’s university program and FlowLab product manager. “CFD engineers of the future will now have access to a fluid mechanics educational textbook that provides an integrated approach to teaching the subject. The ability to use the textbook and FlowLab in an interactive multimedia environment should bring what can be a dry and mathematical subject to life with all the vividness that fluid flow phenomena exhibit in both the natural world and in the industrial arena.”

Fluid mechanics is a highly visual subject and the textbook features more illustrations and photographs than other text on the subject. It emphasizes the physical aspects of fluid mechanics in addition to mathematical representations and manipulations. In addition, it includes a wealth of material on the history of fluid mechanics. The authors include an introductory chapter on CFD and examples generated by CFD throughout the text. Real-world applications of fluid mechanics (written by guest authors) are featured in many chapters, and every chapter includes solved example problems. The text contains more than 1,600 homework problems.

The textbook’s accompanying DVD features a range of experiments and FLUENT animations. The CFD chapter draws extensively on Fluent’s student-friendly educational CFD tool, FLUENT/FlowLab™, and 42 new FlowLab exercises are embedded within the chapter. Tutorial problems are included at the end of the chapter.

About the Authors

Yunus a Çengel is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. His research areas are renewable energy, desalination, exergy analysis, heat transfer enhancement, radiation heat transfer, and energy conservation. He served as the director of the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at the University of Nevada, Reno, from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Çengel is the coauthor of the widely adopted textbook Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 4th edition (2002), published by McGraw-Hill. He is also the author of the textbook Heat Transfer: A Practical Approach, 2nd edition (2003), and the coauthor of the textbook Fundamentals of Thermal- Fluid Sciences, 2nd edition (2005), both published by McGraw-Hill. Some of his textbooks have been translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, and Greek. Dr. Çengel is the recipient of several outstanding teacher awards, and he has received the ASEE Merriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award for excellence in authorship in 1992 and again in 2000.Dr. Çengel is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

John M. Cimbala is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State and his M.S. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics from CalTech in 1984 under the supervision of Professor Anatol Roshko, to whom he will be forever grateful. His research areas include experimental and computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer, turbulence, turbulence modeling, turbomachinery, indoor air quality, and air pollution control. During the academic year 1993–94, Professor Cimbala took a sabbatical leave from the university, and worked at NASA Langley Research Center, where he advanced his knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and turbulence modeling. Dr. Cimbala is the coauthor of the textbook Indoor Air Quality Engineering: Environmental Health and Control of Indoor Pollutants (2003), published by Marcel-Dekker, Inc. He has also contributed to parts of other books, and is the author or coauthor of dozens of journal and conference papers. Professor Cimbala is the recipient of several outstanding teaching awards and views his book writing as an extension of his love of teaching. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Physical Society (APS).

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