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Combustion Physics

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  • Date Published: August 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521154215

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  • In the past several decades, combustion has evolved from a scientific discipline that was largely empirical to one that is quantitative and predictive. These advances are characterized by the canonical formulation of the theoretical foundation; the strong interplay between theory, experiment, and computation; and the unified description of the roles of fluid mechanics and chemical kinetics. This graduate-level text incorporates these advances in a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles of combustion physics. The presentation emphasizes analytical proficiency and physical insight, with the former achieved through complete, though abbreviated, derivations at different levels of rigor, and the latter through physical interpretations of analytical solutions, experimental observations, and computational simulations. Exercises are mostly derivation in nature in order to further strengthen the student’s mastery of the theory. Implications of the fundamental knowledge gained herein on practical phenomena are discussed whenever appropriate. These distinguishing features provide a solid foundation for an academic program in combustion science and engineering.

    • Contains expansive coverage of combustion, providing a solid foundation for graduate students and a starting point for researchers
    • Includes exercises, which are mostly derivative in nature, to further strengthen students' mastery of the theory
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    "Combustion Physics is an excellent text that is comprehensive in coverage, rigorous yet expeditious in the analytical developments, insightful in the physical descriptions, and above all, very readable. It is not only an invaluable reference for combustion researchers, but its emphasis on clarity and logical presentation makes it particularly attractive for classroom adoption for a graduate course on combustion in aerospace, mechanical, or chemical engineering and the physical sciences... The author is to be congratulated for having made this valuable, lasting contribution to combustion literature and education."
    Moshe Matalon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for AIAA Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521154215
    • length: 742 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.29kg
    • contains: 16 tables 104 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Chemical thermodynamics
    2. Chemical kinetics
    3. Oxidation mechanisms of fuels
    4. Transport phenomena
    5. Conservation equations
    6. Laminar nonpremixed flames
    7. Laminar premixed flames
    8. Limit phenomena
    9. Asymptotic structure of flames
    10. Aerodynamics of laminar flames
    11. Combustion in turbulent flows
    12. Combustion in boundary layer flows
    13. Combustion in two-phase flows
    14. Combustion in supersonic flows

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    • Applied Combustion
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    Chung K. Law, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Chung K. Law is the Robert H. Goddard Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His research interests are in combustion, propulsion, heat and mass transfer, energy, and the environment. He has published more than 300 journal articles in these areas. For his research accomplishments he received the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award of the ASEE in 1984; a Silver Medal and the Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute in 1990 and 2006, respectively; the Propellants and Combustion Award in 1994; the Energy Systems Award in 1999; the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award of the AIAA in 2004; the Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Science of the ASME in 1997; and a number of best paper awards. Professor Chung is an original member of the Highly Cited Researchers database of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). He is a Fellow of the AIAA, the ASME, and the APS; a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and former President of the Combustion Institute (2000–4).

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