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I used this text as a part of an intro to CFD class I am taking. I wasn't very impressed by this book. There are a few good parts, but for the most part, the book is very much wanting. You have to trudge through some confusing text in places because of the author's desire to be general. Several figures add nothing to the discussion. For all the algorithms discussed, there is not a single flow chart or chunk of pseduocode - leaving very long-winded text-heavy explanations of what should be simple concepts.
The loss of Professor Ferziger was definitely to the detriment of the CFD field, but a lot of this book is the authors referencing their own work (this bugs the crap out of me). No offense, but their contributions thus far are not as important as they would have you believe by reading this book; they are not the only people to have papers in subjects that run the gamut of CFD topics. Speaking of referencing papers, the authors treatment of basic topics (numerical analysis, FDM/FVM, FEM, time integration methods) is very much lacking, while more "high brow" topics like turbulence and multiphase flows have a reference every other sentence. I found the treatment of linear equation solvers and general NS-equations solutions to be very good. The turbulence chapter was also very clear. It was good to see efficiency and error discussed in the context of actually solving problems, but alas, their treatment did not really do this very important area much justice.
I don't know what book is good for learning CFD. If you were completely new to the field, I suppose this would be a reasonable place to start, but once again, I don't think the text is THAT great.
Book chapters include: 1. Basic Concepts of Fluid Flow 2. Introduction to Numerical Methods 3. Finite Difference Methods 4. Finite Volume Methods 5. Solution of Linear Equation Systems 6. Methods for Unsteady Problems 7. Solution of the Navier-Stokes Equations 8. Complex Geometries 9. Turbulent Flows 10. Compressible Flow 11. Efficiency and Accuracy Improvement 12. Special Topics
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2010
Ferziger's book does a poor job of covering concrete details. It's revealing to see that many sections (and chapters) are simply long blocks of text, with no equations. The text gives a qualitative and fuzzy introduction to computational fluid dynamics, and leaves the reader wanting much more detail.
With respect to applications: I used the book in a graduate-level computational fluid dynamics course, and when I was actually writing CFD code, I found the book to be of no help at all. I used Tannehill, Anderson, and Pletcher's "Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer" to be very helpful with finite difference, and Ptankar's "Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow" and Versteeg's "Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics" to be far superior with respect to the finite volume approach (although finite volume is the main focus of the book). With respect to the "special topics", nothing is covered with any substance, everything is glossed over, and nearly half of the book is, in my opinion, a waste. Chung's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" is a much better all-in-one reference book that covers special topics FAR better - with enough detail that one could actually attempt to implement them in a code.
With respect to the fundamental approach: I think Anderson's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" book gives a much better, more physically intuitive description of the governing equations and of finite volume discretization. Ferziger does a weak job of covering nearly everything in his book, and the finite volume introduction is no exception.
Overall, this is a watered-down introduction to CFD. It does not to justice to any of the subjects it covers, particularly the special topics. It is a terrible textbook for a CFD class, and although it has been sitting on my bookshelf for 3 years, I always pass it over in favor of other references (see above for list).
Peric's PhD thesis is one of my most precious possessions. I consider Ferziger to be one of THE greats in Large Eddy Simulation. So I had great hopes for this book. I was warned before I saw it that it contained nothing that I wouldn't already know, but even so it was a big disappointment. I could have written a better book myself and I don't have half the brain of either of the authors. I've looked at it three times and each time turned away in disgust. This book will point a novice in the correct direction, unlike Roach's book, and unlike Patankar's in a post Rhie-Chow age, but it avoids like the plague any subject with even the slightest whiff of controversy. As any new technique is always controversial, the book was some 5 to 10 years out of date even before it hit the press. Further, it discusses each subject in a very superficial way. More depth is needed. I want a book that will tell me what the advantages are and how to program the conjugate gradient method, algebraic multigrid, superbee, wall reflection terms for Reynolds Stress, multiphase flow, viscoelasticity, coalescence, the axis in cylindrical coordinates, grid generation, surface tension, adaptive grids, spectral elements etc. This book is no help with any of these. I frequently get asked "What's a good book for Computational Fluid Dynamics?". I have to admit that there isn't one. The best that I know are the user manuals for the various commercial CFD packages. To summarise, if programming CFD is a 100 step journey then this book will only take you the first 3 steps, but at least they're 3 steps in the right direction. After you've been programming CFD for a year you can probably toss the book out without any great loss.