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Album of Fluid Motion [Hardcover]

Milton Van Dyke
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4.0 out of 5 stars SCIENCE MEETS ART Sept. 21 2013
By Jet Lagged TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It's always good to be able to visualise a problem.

Milton Van Dyke has assembled 279 black and white photos of fluid flow, all reproduced on glossy paper. He calls his work an "Album" since that's what it is - a photo album.

The cover is graced with a nice example of Von Karman Streets (See page 56, photo 94.)

Of historical interest are the photos (Page 61) based on Osborne Reynolds' famous pipe experiments.

In 1883 Reynolds investigated the transition between laminar flow and turbulent flow. He made sketches of his observations. Here we are treated to actual photos similar to what Reynolds would have seen.

Some curious behaviour goes on in fluids, especially in turbulent flows. Behaviour that is still not fully understood to this day.
 
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of fluid flow July 11 2002
Format:Hardcover
Having once failed a student on a doctoral oral exam because he could not define flow around a basic structural shape, I required students in a hydrodynamics course to obtain this book after it became available. Sometimes called "the picture book," it is an excellent reference illustrating all types of flow including creeping flow, laminar flow, separation, vortices, instability, turbulence, free-surface flow, natural convection, subsonic flow, shock waves, and supersonic flow. The author has researched the subject of flow visualization, and has acquired illustrations from a wide variety of sources. I was pleased to see that the book is still in print as it is a very valuable reference. The author has maintained a relatively low price to make it affordable to students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of fluid flow July 11 2002
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having once failed a student on a doctoral oral exam because he could not define flow around a basic structural shape, I required students in a hydrodynamics course to obtain this book after it became available. Sometimes called "the picture book," it is an excellent reference illustrating all types of flow including creeping flow, laminar flow, separation, vortices, instability, turbulence, free-surface flow, natural convection, subsonic flow, shock waves, and supersonic flow. The author has researched the subject of flow visualization, and has acquired illustrations from a wide variety of sources. I was pleased to see that the book is still in print as it is a very valuable reference. The author has maintained a relatively low price to make it affordable to students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic of Fluid Mechanics Sept. 15 1999
By Cheryl Fillekes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anyone studying fluid mechanics should have a look at this book of visualized experimental results. The photography is excellent, the reproduction quality is superb and the explanations in the text are clear and thought-provoking. When taking your first courses in fluid mechanics, it is very worth having Van Dyke's Album of Fluid Motion around, to jog your intuition, motivate your studies and -- most importantly -- keep alive your sense of wonder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars stimulating and visually-illuminating coffee table book Nov. 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a visually-intensive coffee table book, but its not only that. The fluid motion pictures have been carefully arranged into sections depicting particular fluid flow and therefore provides a useful scientific reference source. This is a complement to the many theoretical treatises that exist describing fluid mechanics. A great book to dip into and provides a very nice visual source for fluid flow phenomena. Only minor drawback--it could do with a a revised edition featuring more numerical simulation results. Otherwise highly recommended and a trasure to keep on your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of images of real fluid motion Jan. 31 2002
By Ross Rottier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this album is a must for any scientist or engineer who wants to visualize fluid motion and understand the dependence of flow type upon physical variables. for example, there is a series of photos of spheres towed at a broad range of Reynolds numbers, which depend upon tow speed and viscosity (as well as sphere diameter). Markers in the fluid allow the reader to view the circulation at the various Renolds numbers and get a feel for the transition from laminar to turbulent flow. Several of the photos are classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book Feb. 8 2005
By Mary K. Quaife - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have reccommended this book to many animators who create visual effects,

and all the artists go nuts when they look at the images that fill every page of this beautiful book. This

book is one of my inspirations and treasures,

and I dread the day it goes out of print. It sits on my bookshelf next to "Abstraction in Art and Nature" by Nathan Cabot Hale.

I bring this book to the design classes to open the minds of the artists to the wonder inside these pages. Yes, I love this book.
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