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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 December 21, 1998
This is a very good book for learning the details of implementing the Finite Volume method in Computational Fluid Dynamics. I view it as very complimentary to S. V. Patankar's book, which is more general in nature. Both books are geared toward people who want to write computer programs to solve fluid transport problems (heat transfer, Navier-Stokes, etc.) Both tend to focus on numerical issues (as opposed to the physics of transport phenomena). But while Pantankar's book provides a very easy, approachable introduction that is thin on the details, Ferziger & Peric have written a book rich in details. For instance, they devote an entire chapter to solving linear systems of equations. They compare all of the commonly used methods and contrast their rates of convergence for various test cases. This level of detail is great if you already understand the big picture. I think it may be somewhat difficult for someone new to CFD to really understand the finite volume method from this book alone. I would recommend Patankar's book for a good intro and this book for the implementation details.
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).
I agree with the reviewer that said this book is complimentary to an intro text such as Patankar. This is not a cook book for a first time coder. But it is a really great reference for the Finite Volume dilettante. I really appreciate that all numerical results presented are thoroughly documented. That counts. Really, really nice chapter on iterative solvers.... Good overall description on many other topics such as multi-grid methods, turbulence, grid geometry and PV coupling. This book really helped me speed up my homegrown quite a bit. They also have all kinds of stuff available by ftp....