A Brief Overview of Research Methods
Theoretical, experimental and numerical methods are three primary methods that are commonly used in fluids engineering. For the theoretical method, it requires a sound base of mathematical and mechanical knowledge. Meanwhile, the gap between theoretical results and applications is often remarkable. In contrast, the latter two methods can be easily exercised and the results can be transplanted into practical design. In this chapter, a brief overview of the two methods is presented. For each method, we do not intend to trace its origin or to explain its fundamental principles; these have been documented in detail. Only those contents that are much related to fluids engineering are presented here. In the following chapters, different cases will be introduced and the function of these methods will be substantiated then.
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