Two AUB engineering professors have co-authored a new textbook on computational fluid dynamics, an essential engineering and simulation tool that helps engineers develop optimal industrial designs.
Professors Fadl Moukalled and Marwan Darwish from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, along with Luca Mangani, from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland, have just put out a 791-page textbook, The Finite Volume Method in Computational Fluid Dynamics, published by Springer, world- renowned publisher of scientific journals and books based in Germany. The book has already attracted the interest of European academics.
Engineers rely on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) while designing a variety of things from buildings to aircrafts to automobiles, power generation, petroleum extraction, operating rooms, ventilation systems, fire and smoke detectors, or any industrial application whose performance is affected by fluid or heat flow.
Since CFD helps engineers predict performance before modifying or installing systems and without conducting costly physical experiments, it allows engineers to save time and money, making it an essential tool for the success of their work.
CFD uses powerful computer and applied mathematics to model fluid flow situations for the prediction of heat, mass and momentum transfer and optimal design in industrial processes.
The new textbook describes the numerical methods at the core of CFD, both in terms of mathematical derivation and in terms of their implementation.
“The importance of the book lies in the clarity and details by which the numerical methods are presented with over 300 figures used to clarify concepts, and in illustrating the implementation details and difficulties involved in solving CFD problems when using these numerical techniques on two codes: OpenFOAM which is an open source CFD library, and ufvm and educational tool based on Matlab,” explained Dr. Moukalled, noting that there was a need for such a book to help educators train students in these computational tools.
“Over the last two decades a large number of books were published in CFD. However when we consider books that can be used in the classroom at a senior or graduate level, the number dwindles quickly down to a dozen, none covering the material in as a comprehensive way in terms of numerics and implementation details as is done in the book,” added Dr. Darwish.
Even prior to being published, the book was used in draft form for intensive courses given in Austria, and workshops offered in France and Greece in addition to courses at AUB. The authors noted that a number of faculty members from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and the UK who were shown the draft copy of the book for feedback have said that they will adopt it in their courses.