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Fluent Contributes to Fluid Dynamics Textbook
Posted Fri May 13, 2005 @09:48AM
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ANSYS FLUENT Fluent Inc., world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, today announced its contribution to the latest version of the undergraduate engineering textbook by Bruce Munson, Donald Young, and Ted Okiishi; Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The book is intended for third and fourth-year engineering students who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. The principles they seek to teach are classical and have been well-established. The book therefore reflects many years of teaching experience by the authors and is built on previous Editions and their introductory courses in fluid mechanics.


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This textbook also reflects the evolution of classroom teaching ideas and new technologies related to the education of this interesting and important engineering subject. Feedback to the authors after the 4th Edition identified the growing importance of CFD in engineering design and analysis. Fluent has helped the authors integrate CFD into the textbook through the addition of its FlowLab educational software to the offering.

Commenting on the importance of CFD in fluid mechanics curricula, Dr. Munson notes that, “There are many topics that a fluid mechanics student should learn, or at least be exposed to. Many of these topics have been around for a long time; other topics have emerged only recently. I believe that CFD is, perhaps, the most important of these recent topics. In only a few years, if not already, the practicing engineer will need to be at least familiar with the concept of CFD for various design, manufacturing, and research work. It probably will not be necessary for the engineer to know a lot related to the specific details of CFD, but many believe that a minimal exposure to the topic will be common place. It is our hope that the CFD material presented in this book will allow users to become ‘up-to-date' in the fluids world.”

Bruce Munson, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University, has developed many fluid mechanics courses for studies in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering science, and agricultural engineering, and has authored many technical papers in the area of fluid mechanics as well as this top-selling fluid mechanics textbook. Donald Young, professor emeritus of Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University, has been engaged in the field of fluid mechanics for 35 years, and has co-authored two textbooks on applied mechanics. Ted Okiishi, Associate Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University, has taught fluid mechanics there since 1967.

One contributor to the book, Dr. Wade Huebsch, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, said of the value of introducing undergraduate engineers to Computational Fluid Dynamics; “CFD facilitates the teaching of fluid mechanics by providing for the visualization of complex flows, while allowing a student to develop an intuitive feel for the flow physics. Equally important, where engineering students in the past were expected to have some knowledge of CAD, today many commercial firms have similar expectations regarding CFD knowledge. Thankfully, CFD has matured to the point where it may be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum using student-friendly software such as FlowLab 1.2”, Prof Huebsch was an early-adopter of Fluent's FlowLab 1.2 Educational CFD Software tool. FlowLab has been available to educational establishments worldwide for the last few years and is proving to be a valuable part of the teaching experience.

Munson, Young and Okiishi include 15 FlowLab-based CFD problems in the text. These CFD problems involve setup, solving, and post-processing of the following classical fluid flow exercises:

  • Developing Flow in a Pipe
  • Fully Developed Flow in a Pipe
  • Sudden Expansion in a Pipe
  • Flow over a Cylinder
  • Flow over a Clark-Y Airfoil

Additionally, the Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics textbook presents 60 “Fluids in the News” stories that illustrate some of the current, important, and novel ways that fluid mechanics impacts the real world. More than 1350 homework problems, including FlowLab-based CFD problems, stress the practical application of fluid mechanics principles. Also included are 165 examples that provide detailed solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. Figures are used extensively throughout the text to help students better visualize and understand basic concepts, and 80 separate videos which illustrate many interesting and practical applications of real world fluid phenomena are also available to purchasers of the textbook.

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