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Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers with Microfluidics and CFD, Second Edition by James O. Wilkes

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

1.1. Fluid Mechanics in Chemical Engineering

Aknowledge of fluid mechanics is essential for the chemical engineer because the majority of chemical-processing operations are conducted either partly or totally in the fluid phase. Examples of such operations abound in the biochemical, chemical, energy, fermentation, materials, mining, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, polymer, and waste-processing industries.

There are two principal reasons for placing such an emphasis on fluids. First, at typical operating conditions, an enormous number of materials normally exist as gases or liquids, or can be transformed into such phases. Second, it is usually more efficient and cost-effective to work with fluids in contrast ...

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