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Mechanics of Fluids, Ninth Edition

By John Ward-Smith

© 2012 – CRC Press

720 pages

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pub: 2011-08-19
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As in previous editions, this ninth edition of Massey’s Mechanics of Fluids introduces the basic principles of fluid mechanics in a detailed and clear manner. This bestselling textbook provides the sound physical understanding of fluid flow that is essential for an honours degree course in civil or mechanical engineering as well as courses in aeronautical and chemical engineering.

Focusing on the engineering applications of fluid flow, rather than mathematical techniques, students are gradually introduced to the subject, with the text moving from the simple to the complex, and from the familiar to the unfamiliar. In an all-new chapter, the ninth edition closely examines the modern context of fluid mechanics, where climate change, new forms of energy generation, and fresh water conservation are pressing issues. SI units are used throughout and there are many worked examples.

Though the book is essentially self-contained, where appropriate, references are given to more detailed or advanced accounts of particular topics providing a strong basis for further study. For lecturers, an accompanying solutions manual is available.

Table of Contents


Fundamental Concepts

Fluid Statics

The Principles Governing

The Momentum Equation

Physical Similarity and Dimensional Analysis

Laminar Flow Between Solid Boundaries

Flow and Losses in Pipes and Fittings

Boundary Layers, Wakes and other Shear Layers

The Flow of an Inviscid Fluid

Flow with a Free Surface

Compressible Flow of Gases

Unsteady Flow

Fluid Machines

Fluid Mechanics in a Changing World

Appendix: Units and Conversion Factors

Appendix: Physical Constants and Properties of Fluids

Appendix: Tables of Gas Flow Functions

Appendix: Algebraic Symbols

About the Author

John Ward-Smith was Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Senior Research Fellow in Biomechanics in the Department of Sport Sciences at Brunel University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / General
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Fluid Dynamics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / Dams & Reservoirs

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