Fluid Mechanics Seventh Edition by Frank M. White
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Fluid Mechanics Seventh Edition by Frank M. White

General Approach

The seventh edition of Fluid Mechanics sees some additions and deletions but no philosophical change. The basic outline of eleven chapters, plus appendices, remains the same. The triad of integral, differential, and experimental approaches is retained. Many problem exercises, and some fully worked examples, have been changed. The informal, student-oriented style is retained. A number of new photographs and figures have been added. Many new references have been added, for a total of 435. The writer is a firm believer in “further reading,” especially in the postgraduate years.

Learning Tools

The total number of problem exercises continues to increase, from 1089 in the first edition, to 1675 in this seventh edition. There are approximately 20 new problems added to each chapter. Most of these are basic end-of-chapter problems, classified according to topic. There are also Word Problems, multiple-choice Fundamentals of Engineering Problems, Comprehensive Problems, and Design Projects. The appendix lists approximately 700 Answers to Selected Problems. The example problems are structured in the text to follow the sequence of recommended steps outlined in Sect. 1.3, Problem-Solving Techniques.

The Engineering Equation Solver (EES) is available with the text and continues its role as an attractive tool for fluid mechanics and, indeed, other engineering problems. Not only is it an excellent solver, but it also contains thermophysical properties, publication-quality plotting, units checking, and many mathematical functions, including numerical integration. The author is indebted to Sanford Klein and William Beckman, of the University of Wisconsin, for invaluable and continuous help in preparing and updating EES for use in this text. For newcomers to EES, a brief guide to its use is found on this book’s website.

Content Changes

There are some revisions in each chapter. Chapter 1 has added material on the history of late 20th century fluid mechanics, notably the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics. A very brief introduction to the acceleration field has been added. Boundary conditions for slip flow have been added. There is more discussion of the speed of sound in liquids. The treatment of thermal conductivity has been moved to Chapter 4.

Chapter 2 introduces a photo, discussion, and new problems for the deep ocean submersible vehicle, ALVIN. The density distribution in the troposphere is now given explicitly. There are brief remarks on the great Greek mathematician, Archimedes. Chapter 3 has been substantially revised. Reviewers wanted Bernoulli’s equation moved ahead of angular velocity and energy, to follow linear momentum. I did this and followed their specific improvements, but truly extensive renumbering and rearranging was necessary. Pressure and velocity conditions at a tank surface have an improved discussion.

A brief history of the control volume has been added. There is a better treatment of the relation between Bernoulli’s equation and the energy equation. There is a new discussion of stagnation, static and dynamic pressures, and boundary conditions at a jet exit. Chapter 4 has a great new opener: CFD for flow past a spinning soccer ball. The total time derivative of velocity is now written out in full. Fourier’s Law, and its application to the differential energy equation, have been moved here from Chapter 1. There are 21 new problems, including several slip-flow analyses…

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