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2nd Edition

An Introduction to Compressible Flow

ISBN 9780367895679
Published July 16, 2021 by CRC Press
296 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An Introduction to Compressible Flow, Second Edition covers the material typical of a single-semester course in compressible flow. The book begins with a brief review of thermodynamics and control volume fluid dynamics, then proceeds to cover isentropic flow, normal shock waves, shock tubes, oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansion fans, Fanno-line flow, Rayleigh-line flow, and conical shock waves.

The book includes a chapter on linearized flow following chapters on oblique shocks and Prandtl-Meyer flows to appropriately ground students in this approximate method. It includes detailed appendices to support problem solutions and covers new oblique shock tables, which allow for quick and accurate solutions of flows with concave corners.

The book is intended for senior undergraduate engineering students studying thermal-fluids and practicing engineers in the areas of aerospace or energy conversion. This book is also useful in providing supplemental coverage of compressible flow material in gas turbine and aerodynamics courses.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. Isentropic Flow.

3. Normal Shock Waves.

4. Oblique Shock Waves.

5. An Introduction to Prandtl-Meyer Flow.

6. Applications.

7. Linearized Flow.

8. Internal Compressible Flow with Friction.

9. Internal Compressible Flow with Heat Addition.


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Forrest Ames has been Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota (UND) for the last 22 years. Dr. Ames began his career at Allison Gas Turbine Div. of General Motors where he worked in the research laboratories. Dr. Ames has conducted research in the area of gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics for over 35 years. At UND, Dr. Ames is responsible for teaching in the thermal fluids area of mechanical engineering and regularly teaches classes on compressible flow, aerodynamics, gas turbines, thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, convective heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Dr. Ames has been a member of the Heat Transfer Committee of the International Gas Turbine Institute for over 20 years. He has been a regular contributor to ASME Turbo Expo technical sessions as author, presenter, reviewer and session organizer in the areas of turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer. He is a Fellow of the ASME. Clement Tang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota (UND). He joined UND as a faculty member in 2011. Dr. Tang has research experience in the area of multiphase flow heat transfer and aerodynamics of thin flexible materials. He has been conducting experimental research in gas-liquid two-phase flow heat transfer for over 15 years. At UND, Dr. Tang has taught compressible flow, heat and mass transfer, heat conduction & radiation, HVAC, mechanical measurements, multiphase flow heat transfer, and thermodynamics.


"This book introduces the subject of compressible flow in a clear, logical manner, elegantly combining both the flow physics and the description of its mathematics. The book’s contents and style are ideal for an introductory class in compressible flow for mechanical and/or aerospace engineering students. It is also an excellent primer for practicing engineers working in the area of compressible flows. The authors should be commended for their efforts to address a critical gap in the compressible flow education arena."

Sumanta Acharya, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

"This book is particularly attractive to those students who are interested in learning more about compressible flows beyond short and concise presentations in related courses. This book provides an effective means to obtain sufficient one-dimensional compressible flow knowledge without being intimidated by complicated/advanced textbooks."

Ting Wang, University of New Orleans, USA