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Mechanics of Fluids, Eighth Edition

By John Ward-Smith

© 2006 – CRC Press

704 pages

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Massey has long been a best-selling textbook. This extensively revised and updated eighth edition, like its predecessors, presents the basic principles of the mechanics of fluids in a thorough and clear manner. It provides the essential material for an honours degree course in civil or mechanical engineering, in addition to providing much relevant material for undergraduate courses in aeronautical and chemical engineering.

Emphasis is given to a sound physical understanding of fluid flow and its engineering applications, rather than to mathematical techniques. Students are introduced systematically to the subject, with the text moving from the simple to the complex, and from the familiar to the unfamiliar. SI units are used throughout and there are many worked examples. The book is essentially self-contained.

The opening chapter has been expanded to provide a broader introduction to fluid mechanics. New topics for this edition include basic applications of complex variable theory, the physics of tsunamis, procedures for the selection of pumps and fans, and the losses for flow through nozzles, orifice meters, perforated plates and gauzes. For lecturers, an accompanying solutions manual is available.


This classic textbook explains the basic principles of the mechanics of fluids. The emphasis is on a sound physical understanding of fluid flow and its engineering applications… New topics for the eighth edition include the physics of tsunamis; procedures for the selection of pumps and fans; and flow losses through nozzles, orifice meters, screens, and gauzes.

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Table of Contents

1. Fundamental Concepts 2. Fluid Statics 3. The Principles Governing Fluids in Motion 4. The Momentum Equation 5. Physical Similarity and Dimensional Analysis 6. Laminar Flow between Solid Boundaries 7. Flow and Losses in Pipes and Fittings 8. Boundary Layers, Wakes and other Shear Layers 9. The flow of an Inviscid Fluid 10. Flow with a Free Surface 11. Compressible Flow of Gases 12. Unsteady Flow 13. Fluid Machines

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / General
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Fluid Dynamics