Rotating Flow


  • Peter Childs, BSc.(Hons), D.Phil, C.Eng, F.I.Mech.E., Internationally recognized industry researcher and professorial lead in Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Rotating flow is critically important across a wide range of scientific, engineering and product applications, providing design and modeling capability for diverse products such as jet engines, pumps and vacuum cleaners, as well as geophysical flows.
Developed over the course of 20 years’ research into rotating fluids and associated heat transfer at the University of Sussex Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC), Rotating Flow is an indispensable reference and resource for all those working within the gas turbine and rotating machinery industries.
Traditional fluid and flow dynamics titles offer the essential background but generally include very sparse coverage of rotating flows—which is where this book comes in. Beginning with an accessible introduction to rotating flow, recognized expert Peter Childs takes you through fundamental equations, vorticity and vortices, rotating disc flow, flow around rotating cylinders and flow in rotating cavities, with an introduction to atmospheric and oceanic circulations included to help deepen understanding.
Whilst competing resources are weighed down with complex mathematics, this book focuses on the essential equations and provides full workings to take readers step-by-step through the theory so they can concentrate on the practical applications.
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Primary audience: Specialist and design engineers, and researchers (industry and academic), working with gas turbines, turbomachinery and other products with rotating elements within aeronautical, automotive, chemical, industrial and other related engineering fields.


Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-382098-3


"In the book, real engineering applications and natural examples are provided and design-oriented correlations of bulk parameters are frequently given throughout the book…I recommend this book for those graduate students who want a thorough theoretical and modelling foundation in the topic of rotating flow."--Contemporary Physics, December 19, 2012

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Rotating Flow
2 Laws of motion
3 Vorticity and Rotation
4 Discs
5 Rotating Cylinders, Annuli and Spheres
6 Rotating cavities
7 Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
Appendix A: Air properties
Appendix B: Selected mathematical relationships
Appendix C: Glossary