The Physics of Fluid Turbulence

Paperback | February 1, 1992

byW. D. McComb

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Since 1960 the study of turbulence has been enhanced by developments in areas such as laser anemometry, powerful computers, digital data processing and theoretical methods from quantum physics. Turbulence is the archetypal non-linear, non-equilibrium problem of statistical physics; thefundamental problems of turbulence are still unsolved, but there is a growing interest in their solution. This book aims to look at fluid turbulence from the point of view of engineering science and physics to produce an integrated treatise on the nature of the physics of fluid turbulence as a universal phenomenon with a universal behaviour. It is designed for those who are new to the subject and alsofor those familiar with the more traditional branches of the study of turbulence but not with the usages of quantum physics. For the first group of readers, a concise summary of the theory and practice of turbulence up to about 1960 is given as an introduction. This is followed by a detailed analysis of modern (post 1960) turbulence theory, including rigorous formulation of the turbulence problem as an example of anon-equilibrium statistical system with strong coupling and the application of renormalized perturbation theory to turbulence.

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Since 1960 the study of turbulence has been enhanced by developments in areas such as laser anemometry, powerful computers, digital data processing and theoretical methods from quantum physics. Turbulence is the archetypal non-linear, non-equilibrium problem of statistical physics; thefundamental problems of turbulence are still unsol...

W. D. McComb is at University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019856256X

ISBN - 13:9780198562566

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Table of Contents

1. The semi-empirical picture of turbulent shear flow2. The fundamental approach3. Some recent developments in the study of turbulence4. Statistical formulation of the general problem5. Renormalized perturbation theory and the turbulence closure problem6. Renormalized perturbation theories of the first kind7. Renormalized perturbation theories of the second kind8. An assessment of renormalized perturbation theories9. Renormalization group theories10. Numerical simulation of turbulence11. Coherent structures12. Turbulent diffusion: the Lagrangian picture13. Turbulent diffusion: the Eulerian picture14. Non-Newtonian fluid turbulence15. Appendices

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`an impressive collection of different results both experimental and theoretical, which makes this book a good source for both the beginner and the expert.'Mathematical Reviews, Issue 94b