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Fluid Flow Phenomena: A Numerical Toolkit

Paolo Orlandi

This book deals with the simulation of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations for laminar and turbulent flows.


Format: Paperback, English, 368 pages
ISBN: 1402003897
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Pub. Date: 1999
Edition: 1
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This book deals with the simulation of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations for laminar and turbulent flows. The book is limited to explaining and employing the finite difference method. It furnishes a large number of source codes which permit to play with the Navier-Stokes equations and to understand the complex physics related to fluid mechanics.

Numerical simulations are useful tools to understand the complexity of the flows, which often is difficult to derive from laboratory experiments. This book, then, can be very useful to scholars doing laboratory experiments, since they often do not have extra time to study the large variety of numerical methods; furthermore they cannot spend more time in transferring one of the methods into a computer language. By means of numerical simulations, for example, insights into the vorticity field can be obtained which are difficult to obtain by measurements.

This book can be used by graduate as well as undergraduate students while reading books on theoretical fluid mechanics; it teaches how to simulate the dynamics of flow fields on personal computers. This will provide a better way of understanding the theory. Two chapters on Large Eddy Simulations have been included, since this is a methodology that in the near future will allow more universal turbulence models for practical applications. The direct simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations (DNS) is simple by finite-differences, that are satisfactory to reproduce the dynamics of turbulent flows. A large part of the book is devoted to the study of homogeneous and wall turbulent flows.

In the second chapter the elementary concept of finite difference is given to solve parabolic and elliptical partial differential equations. In successive chapters the 1D, 2D, and 3D Navier-Stokes equations are solved in Cartesian and cylindrical coordinates. Finally, Large Eddy Simulations are performed to check the importance of the subgrid scale models. Results for turbulent and laminar flows are discussed, with particular emphasis on vortex dynamics.

This volume will be of interest to graduate students and researchers wanting to compare experiments and numerical simulations, and to workers in the mechanical and aeronautic industries.

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*****   an excellent approach to understand CFD

Linfeng BI  Sat, Dec 14, 2002

For those who has some CFD background and wants to understand modern CFD techniques!

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*****   wonderful book for CFD practitioners

Linfeng Bi (   Sat, Oct 26, 2002

Provides DNS/LES source code and detailed insightful explanation and also some interesting stories. The author's admiration to Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford is expressed in every chapter and even in every word. Wish one day I could have the opportunity to join the great group!

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*****   fluid flow phenomena

orlando esquivel  Fri, Sep 13, 2002

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*****   DNS/LES with source code

Jongdae Kim (   Thu, May 30, 2002

For those who are not beginner in CFD field. Maybe many people have interesting on the DNS/LES of flow in simple geometry, like channel flow. The author provides source code which run in your PC. If your computational domain includes complex geometry and boundary conditions are not periodic in two directions, it's different story. My computational domain is not channel flow but I got some ... read more

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Table of Contents

  Preface and Acknowledgments 1
1 Introductory comments and summary 3
2 Finite differences 8
3 The Burgers equation 40
4 Two-dimensional flows in Cartesian coordinates 51
5 Two-dimensional flows in general curvilinear coordinates 93
6 Two-dimensional turbulence 110
7 Axisymmetric flows 119
8 Three-dimensional flows with three periodic directions 145
9 Flows with walls in Cartesian coordinates 188
10 Flows in cylindrical coordinates with one wall 231
11 Flows in cylindrical coordinates with two walls 253
12 Large eddy simulations 275
13 Large eddy simulations of wall-bounded flows 312
  References 326
  Diskette information 347
  Plates Section 349

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