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Turbulence: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers

Turbulence: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers
Author: P. A. Davidson
ISBN 13: 9780198529491
ISBN 10: 19852949
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-07-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 678
List Price: $105.00

In this advanced undergraduate or graduate text, based on the course he taught at the University of Cambridge, Davidson examines turbulence in terms of its mathematics, physics, and applications in engineering. He intends to bridge the gap between elementary texts and the more rigorous monographs on the subject, explaining that even after one has studied turbulence at those theoretical levels, there are relatively few situations in which one can make definite predictions about the behavior of turbulence. Undaunted, he describes the classical picture of turbulence, its origins and nature, and the equations of fluid mechanics, followed by discussions of topics such as turbulent sheer flows and simple closure models; the phenomenology of Taylor, Richardson and Kolmogorov; freely decaying, homogeneous turbulence; and special topics such as the influence of rotation, stratification, and magnetic fields, and two-dimensional turbulence. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR