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GAS DYNAMICS (Second Edition)

by Ethirajan Rathakrishnan


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

This edition is a revised augmented version of the book meant to serve as a modern and practice text for those who study Gas Dynamics.

A considerable number of involved problems are added to this edition. 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.

Many problems on moving waves added to this edition will be of great value to the users for a comfortable understanding of the physics of moving waves, which play a dominant role in the experimental devices of practical importance, such as shock tubes.

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


Preface. Contents. Basics. 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. References.


About the Authors:


Ethirajan Rathakrishnan is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. 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 the 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 his contribution to drag reduction at hypersonic speeds.

He has published a large number of research articles in many reputed international journals.

He is Fellow of many professional societies, including the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Professor Rathakrishnan serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Review of Aerospace Engineering (IREASE) journal.

He has authored ten other books: Gas Dynamics, 5th ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi, 2013); Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 2nd ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi 2005); Fluid Mechanics: An Introduction, 3rd ed. (PHI Learning, New Delhi 2012); Gas Tables, 3rd ed. (Universities Press, Hyderabad, India, 2012); 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); Applied Gas Dynamics (John Wiley, New Jersey, USA, 2010); Elements of Heat Transfer (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, USA, 2012); Theoretical Aerodynamics (John Wiley, New Jersey, USA, 2013); and High Enthalpy Gas Dynamics (under publication, John Wiley, New Jersey, USA).


Bibliographic details:
Work book, 502 pages, publication date: September 1st, 2013
ISBN 978-88-96329-08-5
Imprint: Praise Worthy Prize

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