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This book begins with a basic introduction to three major areas of hydrodynamic stability: thermal convection, rotating and curved flows, and parallel shear flows. There follows a comprehensive account of the mathematical theory for parallel shear flows. A number of applications of the linear theory are discussed, including the effects of stratification and unsteadiness. The emphasis throughout is on the ideas involved, the physical mechanisms, the methods used, and the results obtained. Wherever possible, the theory is related to both experimental and numerical results. A distinctive feature of the book is the large number of problems it contains. These problems (for which hints and references are given) not only provide exercises for students but also provide many additional results in a concise form.Read more
- Classic account
- A feature of the first edition was the large number of exercises; for the new edition detailed solutions to all these have been supplied
- Clear and unparalleled explanation of the fundamentals of this vital topic
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"Drazin and Reid provide a most comprehensive description of the classical theory of stability in this new edition." CHOICE May 2005
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: September 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521525411
- length: 628 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 155 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.81kg
- contains: 105 b/w illus. 9 tables 81 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Thermal instability
3. Centrifugal instability
4. Parallel shear flows
5. Uniform asymptotic approximations
6. Additional topics in linear stability theory
7. Nonlinear stability
Appendix A. A class of generalized Airy functions
Appendix B. Solutions to the problems
Motion picture index
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