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Rotating Flow - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123820983, 9780123820990

Rotating Flow

1st Edition

Author: Peter Childs
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123820983
Paperback ISBN: 9780128102121
eBook ISBN: 9780123820990
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 25th October 2010
Page Count: 416
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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.

Key Features

  • A detailed yet accessible introduction to rotating flows, illustrating the differences between flows where rotation is significant and highlighting the non-intuitive nature of rotating flow fields
  • Written by world-leading authority on rotating flow, Peter Childs, making this a unique and authoritative work
  • Covers the essential theory behind engineering applications such as rotating discs, cylinders, and cavities, with natural phenomena such as atmospheric and oceanic flows used to explain underlying principles
  • Provides a rigorous, fully worked mathematical account of rotating flows whilst also including numerous practical examples in daily life to highlight the relevance and prevalence of different flow types
  • Concise summaries of the results of important research and lists of references included to direct readers to significant further resources


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.

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


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About the Author

Peter Childs

Professor Peter Childs is Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His professional interests include creativity tools and innovation, design, heat transfer, rotating flow, and sustainable energy. Former roles include director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at Sussex University. He has contributed to over 180 papers, and several books on engineering design, rotating flow, rural urban migration and sports technology. He has been principal or co-investigator on contracts totalling over £80 million. He is a Founder Director and Chief Scientific Officer at QBot Ltd.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, UK


"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

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