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by Ethirajan Rathakrishnan


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

This book is developed as a modern and practice text for those who study Gas Dynamics.
In all the chapters, a brief and easily accessible theory covering the essence of the chapter material is given. The examples in every chapter are designed to give a feel about the physics associated with the subject material treated. The problems in all the chapters cover a wide range of varying intensity with a suitable mathematical approach. Solving these problems will make the readers comfortable with the theory and applications of gas dynamics. Most of the problems are class tested at both undergraduate and graduate level courses offered by the author at various universities in India and abroad.

This book is meant for researchers, teachers and students in their gas dynamics course.


Preface. Contents. Some Preliminary Thoughts. Steady One-Dimensional Flow. Normal Shock Waves. Oblique Shock and Expansion Waves. Compressible Flow Equations. Similarity Rule. Two-dimensional Compressible Flows. Fanno and Rayleigh Flows. Method of Characteristics. Measurements in Compressible Flow.


About the Authors:


Ethirajan Rathakrishnan is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He is well known internationally for his research in the area of high-speed jets. The limit for the passive control of jets called Rathakrishnan Limit is his contribution to field of jet research and the concept of breathing blunt nose (BBN), which reduces the positive pressure at the nose and increases the low-pressure at the base simultaneously, is contribution to drag reduction at hypersonic speeds. He has published large number of research articles in many reputed international journals. He is Fellow of many professional societies, including Royal Aeronautical Society. Professor Rathakrishnan serves as the Editor-In-Chief of International Review of AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (IREASE) Journal. He has authored seven other books–Gas Dynamics, 3rd ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi, 2010), Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 2nd ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi, 2005), Fluid Mechanics: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi, 2007), Gas Tables, 2nd ed. (Universities Press, India, 2004), Instrumentation, Measurements, and Experiments in Fluids (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA, 2007), Theory of Compressible Flows (Maruzen Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan, 2008) and Applied Gas Dynamics (John Wiley, 2010).


Bibliographic details:
Work book, 437 pages, publication date: February 26th, 2010
ISBN 978-88-96329-04-7
Imprint: Praise Worthy Prize

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