When Val and I decided to collaborate and write the first edition, our
goal was to produce an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, practical text-
book stressing hydraulic design, that could be of hands-on use to the
pump designer, student, and rotating equipment engineer. Although feed-
back from readers indicates that we achieved our desired goal, we did
recognize that we had omitted several important topics.
The centrifugal pumps with the actual configuration constitute a machine widely used for more than 150 years. The pumps are analyzed and examined in detail, a lot of experience from the design, construction and application of centrifugal pumps is accumulated worldwide but still there is an endless number of topics that need supplementary examination, mainly of topics arising from the interaction between the pump and the pumping installation.
There are some excellent general reference works in toxicology, including Casarett
and Doull’s Toxicology, 6th, edition, edited by Klaassen; a 13-volume Comprehensive
Toxicology, edited by Sipes, Gandolfi, and McQueen; as well as many specialized
monographs on particular topics. However, the scarcity of textbooks designed for
teacher and student to use in the classroom setting that impelled us to produce the
first and second editions of this work is still apparent. With the retirement of Dr.