11R46. Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences. - YA Cengel and RH Turner (Dept of Mech Eng, Univ of Nevada, Reno NV). McGraw-Hill, New York. 2001. 1047 pp. CD-ROM included. ISBN 0-07-239054-9. $93.95.
Reviewed by R Smith (Dept of Mech Eng, Rensselaer Polytech Inst, Troy NY 12180).
The authors have prepared an undergraduate textbook that is directed at a rapidly evolving educational niche market. On the one hand, curricula such as electrical engineering or materials engineering, which previously had students take a nominal thermodynamics course to help round out their backgrounds, are now seeking an integration of fluid mechanics and heat transfer into that slot. In addition, some mechanical engineering programs are replacing the separate thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer courses with an integrated 2- or 3-term sequence.
The present text is one of the few available that may be suitable for each of these goals. It is essentially a major...