The Finite Element Method for Fluid Dynamics - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780080455594

The Finite Element Method for Fluid Dynamics

6th Edition

Authors: Olek Zienkiewicz Robert Taylor P. Nithiarasu
eBook ISBN: 9780080455594
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 8th December 2005
Page Count: 400
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Dealing with general problems in fluid mechanics, convection diffusion, compressible and incompressible laminar and turbulent flow, shallow water flows and waves, this is the leading text and reference for engineers working with fluid dynamics in fields including aerospace engineering, vehicle design, thermal engineering and many other engineering applications. The new edition is a complete fluids text and reference in its own right. Along with its companion volumes it forms part of the indispensable Finite Element Method series.

New material in this edition includes sub-grid scale modelling; artificial compressibility; full new chapters on turbulent flows, free surface flows and porous medium flows; expanded shallow water flows plus long, medium and short waves; and advances in parallel computing.

Key Features

  • A complete, stand-alone reference on fluid mechanics applications of the FEM for mechanical, aeronautical, automotive, marine, chemical and civil engineers.
  • Extensive new coverage of turbulent flow and free surface treatments


Practicing engineers, senior students and researchers in mechanical, automotive, aeronautical and civil engineering. Key topic for applied mathematicians and engineering software developers.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the equations of fluid dynamics and the finite element approximation 1.1 General remarks and classification of fluid dynamics problems discussed in this book 1.2 The governing equations of fluid dynamics 1.3 Inviscid, incompressible flow 1.4 Incompressible (or nearly incompressible) flows 1.5 Numerical solutions: weak forms, weighted residual and finite element approximation 1.6 Concluding remarks 1.7 Exercises References

2 Convection dominated problems – finite element approximations to the convection–diffusion-reaction equation 2.1 Introduction 2.2 The steady-state problem in one dimension 2.3 The steady-state problem in two (or three) dimensions 2.4 Steady state -- concluding remarks 2.5 Transients -- introductory remarks 2.6 Characteristic-based methods 2.7 Taylor--Galerkin procedures for scalar variables 2.8 Steady-state condition 2.9 Non-linear waves and shocks 2.10 Treatment of pure convection 2.11 Boundary conditions for convection--diffusion 2.12 Summary and concluding remarks 2.13 Exercises References

3 The characteristic-based split (CBS) algorithm. A general procedure for compressible and incompressible flow 3.1 Introduction viii Contents 3.2 Non-dimensional form of the governing equations 3.3 Characteristic-based split (CBS) algorithm 3.4 Explicit, semi-implicit and nearly implicit forms 3.5 Artificial compressibility and dual time stepping 3.6 ‘Circumvention’ of the Babu¡ska--Brezzi (BB) restrictions 3.7 A single-step version<BR id="CR


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About the Author

Olek Zienkiewicz

O. C. Zienkiewicz was one of the early pioneers of the finite element method and is internationally recognized as a leading figure in its development and wide-ranging application. He was awarded numerous honorary degrees, medals and awards over his career, including the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He was a founding author of The Finite Element Method books and developed them through six editions over 40 years up to his death in 2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

Finite element method pioneer and former UNESCO Professor of Numerical Methods in Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

Robert Taylor

R. L. Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Graduate School, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

P. Nithiarasu

Dr. P. Nithiarasu, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Wales Swansea, has over ten years of experience in the finite element based computational fluid dynamics research. He moved to Swansea in 1996 after completing his PhD research at IIT Madras. He was awarded Zienkiewicz silver medal and prize of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK in 2002. In 2004 he was selected to receive the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) award for young scientists in computational engineering sciences. Dr Nithiarasu is the author of several articles in the area of fluid dynamics, porous medium flows and the finite element method.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea, UK


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