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Gaskinetic Theory

Gaskinetic Theory

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  • Date Published: July 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521439664

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  • Gaskinetic Theory is an introductory text on the molecular theory of gases and on modern transport theory suitable for upper division undergraduates in physics and first year graduate students in aerospace engineering, upper atmospheric science and space research. The first part introduces basic concepts, including the distribution function, classical theory of specific heats, binary collisions, mean free path, and reaction rates. Transport theory is used to express coefficients such as viscosity and heat conductivity in terms of molecular properties. The second part of the book covers advanced transport theory. Generalized transport equations are derived from the Boltzmann equation. The Chapman-Enskog and the Grad methods are discussed to obtain higher order transport equations for low density gases. The aerodynamics of solid bodies is explored and the book concludes with the kinetic description of shock waves.

    • Concise introduction to advanced transport theory starting from first principles
    • First comprehensive text on the modern transport theory of rarefied gases
    • Principles that are applicable to the design of space vehicles and space stations
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    "This is a well-organized, clearly-written, upper-division undergraduate or beginning graduate level textbook. The material content, its organization, its concise but instructive mathematical developments, the care and attention given to physical principles, and its explicit guidance to other well-selected sources for supplemental information indicate that the book will also serve as a convenient research reference work....[T]he subject material content is remarkably comprehensive....I recommend Gaskinetic Theory both for individual acquisition and for academic and institutional library purchase." A.C. Buckingham, Applied Mechanics Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521439664
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus. 2 tables 46 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Brief history of gaskinetic theory
    3. The road to gaskinetic theory in science and engineering
    4. Basic assumptions of gaskinetic theory
    5. Notations
    6. Solid angles and curvilinear coordinates
    7. Problems
    8. References
    9. Equilibrium kinetic theory
    10. Distribution functions
    11. Phase-space distributions and macroscopic averages
    12. The Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution
    13. Determination of the Lagrange Multiplier
    14. Elementary properties of the Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution
    15. Specific heats of gases
    16. Problems
    17. References
    18. Binary collisions
    19. Kinematics of two particle collisions
    20. Statistical description of collisional effects
    21. Relations between statistical and molecular quantities
    22. Problems
    23. References
    24. Elementary transport theory
    25. Molecular effusion
    26. Hydrodynamic transport coefficients
    27. Mean free path method
    28. Flow in a tube
    29. Problems
    30. References
    31. The Boltzmann equation
    32. Derivation of the Boltzmann equation
    33. The H-theorem and equilibrium distributions
    34. Approximate collision terms
    35. Non-equilibrium solutions of the Boltzmann equation
    36. Problems
    37. References
    38. Generalized transport equations
    39. Moments of the Boltzmann equation
    40. The Euler equations
    41. The 20 moment equations
    42. The 13 moment approximation and the Navier–Stokes equations
    43. Collision terms for multispecies gases
    44. Simplified sets of transport equations
    45. Problems
    46. References
    47. Free molecular aerodynamics
    48. Transfer of mass, momentum, and translational energy
    49. Free molecular heat transfer
    50. Free molecular aerodynamic forces
    51. Problems
    52. References
    53. Shock waves
    54. Hydrodynamic description
    55. Kinetic description of shocks: the Mott–Smith model
    56. Problems
    57. References
    58. Appendices
    59. Physical constants
    60. Vector and tensor identities
    61. Differential operators in spherical and cylindrical coordinates
    62. Some fundamental integrals
    63. Some special functions
    64. References

  • Author

    Tamas I. Gombosi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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