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Fluid mechanics deals with the study of the behavior of fluids under the action of applied forces. In general, we are interested in finding the power necessary to move a fluid through a device, or the force required moving a solid body through a fluid. Although fluid mechanics is a challenging and complex field of study, it is based on a small number of principles which in themselves are relatively straightforward. This book is intended to show how these principles can be used to arrive at satisfactory engineering answers to practical problems. The study of fluid mechanics is undoubtedly difficult, but it can also become a profound and satisfying pursuit for anyone with a technical inclination.

This book brings together theory and real cases on understanding the fundamentals of chemical engineering fluid mechanics with an emphasis on valid and practical approximations in modeling. It deals with the study of forces and flow within fluids. It includes factual articles comprising theoretical, experimental, investigations in physics. The contributed chapters are written by eminent researchers and specialists in the field. This approach gives the students a set of tools that can be used to solve a wide variety of problems, as early as possible in the course. In turn, by learning to solve problems, students can gain a physical understanding of the basic concepts before moving on to examine more complex flows.

Drawing on principles of fluid mechanics and real world cases, the book covers engineering problems and concerns of performance, equipment operation, sizing, and selection from the viewpoint of a process engineer.