The book unifies classical continuum mechanics and turbulence modeling, i.e. the same fundamental concepts are used to derive model equations for material behaviour and turbulence closure and complements these with methods of dimensional analysis. The intention is to equip the reader with the ability to understand the complex nonlinear modeling in material behaviour and turbulence closure as well as to derive or invent his own models. Examples are mostly taken from environmental physics and geophysics.
From the reviews:
"The book is about continuum mechanics, dimensional analysis, and turbulence. This is an extremely interesting program that the authors carry to a happy end ... . It maintains a good balance between rigor and a good sense of applicability to real physical problems. ... The whole discussion given by the authors in this book ... is superb. ... The book belongs on the shelf of all ... . the quantity and richness of the fully solved exercises make the book an excellent instrument for self-teaching as well." (Gerard A. Maugin, Mathematical Reviews, 2005h)
"This book, which is divided into three parts, begins with the development of balance laws or conservation equations and ends with a sequence of chapters devoted to turbulence. ... is intended for students in the engineering disciplines whose interests lie in fluid dynamics. ... a unique feature of the book is the inclusion of solutions to exercises ... . As a reference source for students, this may be quite useful ... . Certainly a book with a both interesting and unique topical mixture." (T.B. Gatski, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 526, 2005)