Rarefied Gas Dynamics: From Basic Concepts to Actual Calculations

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This work presents the concepts, methods and applications of kinetic theory to rarefied gas dynamics. After introducing the basic tools, Carlo Cercignani treats problems in plane geometry using all the approximation techniques. He later uses these same techniques to deal with two- and three-dimensional problems. The models include not only monatomic but also polyatomic gases, mixtures, chemical reactions. A special chapter is devoted to evaporation and condensation phenomena. Each section is accompanied by helpful problems. The book can be used in a range of graduate courses in aerospace engineering or applied mathematics.

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"...Carlo Cercignani has produced a unique book that may be a harbinger of the future." AIAA Journal

"...for persons not too familiar with kinetic theory, it presents a readable and carefully written introduction to the basics of the theory." Mathematical Reviews

" Rarefield Gas Dynamics: From Basic Concept to Actual Calculations is a great comprehensive refernce that is certainly worth the low cost." Appl Mech Rev vol 54, no 5 Sept 01

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521659925
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Series: Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics Series, #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,383,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Boltzmann equation and gas-surface interaction; 2. Problems for a gas in a slab: general aspects and preliminary example; 3. Problems for a gas in a slab or a half-space: discussion of some solutions; 4. Propagation phenomena and shock waves in rarefied gases; 5. Perturbation methods in more than one dimension; 6. Polyatomic gases, mixtures, chemistry and radiation; 7. Solving the Boltzmann equation by numerical techniques; 8. Evaporation and condensation phenomena.

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