# Book Review
## Flow Around Circular Cylinders: Applications, Volume 2
M. M. Zdravkovich
Oxford University Press, New York, 2003
1,264 pp.
ISBN 0-19-856561-5
Reviewed by Anutosh Moitra
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M.
M. Zdravkovich has devoted almost 40 years of work to the study
of flow phenomena associated with cylinders, and his three-volume
series is a collection of insights gathered during the course of
the author’s career. The first volume, published in 1997,
dealt mainly with fundamentals of two-dimensional flow fields for
cylinders and included theoretical treatments and basic mathematical
models of fluid flow. The second volume, the subject of this review,
covers the effects of geometric parameters. The yet-to-appear third
volume will deal with unsteady flow phenomena.
The series is unique in that it is devoted to a single class of
bluff bodies—the circular cylinder. Cylinders are ubiquitous
in industrial applications and in nature, however, and are associated
with a large class of complex flow phenomena.
The author’s approach is eclectic rather than didactic.
The book provides readers with a wealth of experimental results
constituting a thorough categorization of the effects of geometric
parameters on surface-pressure coefficients, skin-friction coefficients,
and states of boundary layers. The author catalogs the effects
in terms of nondimensional similarity parameters as well as purely
geometric parameters (e.g., aspect ratio, changing diameter, roughness,
free ends, rotating cylinders, multiple cylinders, and proximity
of cylinders to other surfaces). Although the author has presented
mainly experimental results, references to empirical and theoretical
data are included where applicable. Problems are defined by relevant
parameters, and readers will benefit from a wide array of experimental
data illustrating various flow phenomena associated with cylinders.
The large volume of data is the principal strength of the book.
Flow visualization pictures accompany almost all of the fluid-cylinder
configurations discussed. Methods used for visualization include
the schlieren technique, dye injection, and smoke injection. The
wealth of flow visualization and schematic diagrams will prove
to be particularly useful. Unfortunately, the figures are often
too small for the reader to discern all of the interesting flow
phenomena that they illustrate. This problem is mitigated somewhat
by the meticulous listing of references for each illustration.
The potential use of the book is as a source of data for validation
of theoretical models used in computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
methods and turbulence modeling. In that respect, it is surprising
to note a complete absence of CFD data in comparison with experimental
results. Nevertheless, this volume is a good reference for researchers
in fluid mechanics, applied mathematicians, practicing engineers,
and physicists.
### Biography
Anutosh Moitra is a principal engineer at Boeing in Seattle, Washington,
and works in the field of computational fluid dynamics. |