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Hydrodynamic Instabilities

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143516

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  • The instability of fluid flows is a key topic in classical fluid mechanics because it has huge repercussions for applied disciplines such as chemical engineering, hydraulics, aeronautics, and geophysics. This modern introduction is written for any student, researcher, or practitioner working in the area, for whom an understanding of hydrodynamic instabilities is essential. Based on a decade's experience of teaching postgraduate students in fluid dynamics, this book brings the subject to life by emphasizing the physical mechanisms involved. The theory of dynamical systems provides the basic structure of the exposition, together with asymptotic methods. Wherever possible, Charru discusses the phenomena in terms of characteristic scales and dimensional analysis. The book includes numerous experimental studies, with references to videos and multimedia material, as well as over 150 exercises which introduce the reader to new problems.

    • Presents a more physical approach based on dimensional analysis, rather than focusing purely on concepts and mathematical techniques
    • Features short biographies of some of the most important figures in the field
    • Includes over 150 exercises so readers can test their understanding at the end of each chapter, and provides links to multimedia resources available online
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    'The author has written a remarkable textbook.' Isom H. Herron, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143516
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 200 b/w illus. 165 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Instabilities of fluids at rest
    3. Stability of open flows: basic ideas
    4. Inviscid instability of parallel flows
    5. Viscous instability of parallel flows
    6. Instabilities at low Reynolds number
    7. Avalanches, ripples, and dunes
    8. Nonlinear dynamics of systems with few degrees of freedom
    9. Nonlinear dispersive waves
    10. Nonlinear dynamics of dissipative systems
    11. Dynamical systems and bifurcations
    Appendix. The Saint–Venant equations

  • Author

    François Charru, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III)
    François Charru is a Professor of Mechanics at the University of Toulouse, France, and researcher at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse.


    Patricia de Forcrand-Millard

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