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Old 05-12-2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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Good fluid mechanics book...

Hi folks,

Went to a used book sale on the weekend, and dragged home a bagful of treasures. One of which is...

Fluid Mechanics: 4th Edition, by Raymond C. Binder Ph. D. Published 1962 by Prentice Hall Inc.

Yup it's an oldie, but it's a goodie, I've got a couple of other like tomes kicking around, which have pages of deriving formulas, and highly technical analysis of really boring theoretical situations...

This one however has lots of "stuff you can use" practical examples. Sure there's the same-old, same-old, of flow in pipes and such, but it goes into boundary layer flow, forces on immersed bodies (aerodynamics), a lot better than most fluid dynamics books I've seen. Then it describes stuff in practice, flow measurement, torque convertors, accumulators, silencers/mufflers helmholtz resonators, thin film lubrication..

If you really want to get down to nitty gritty and build your own flowbench, modify your intake and exhaust, analyse flow characteristics, or other like endeavours, then this book looks like being a great help.

I like books like this, you can go into it, find what you need, apply the formula, get results, as opposed to all those textbooks that make you jump through hoops because they're too busy trying to train you how and what to think, or they're just masturbating with mathematics.

Also got another book that might have some FE payoff... "Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments" haven't had a good look at that one yet, but could be good for homebrew fuels and cracking fuel etc.

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