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The Physics of Fluid Turbulence (Oxford Engineering Science Series) [Paperback]

W. D. McComb

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27 Feb 1992 019856256X 978-0198562566 New Ed
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; the fundamental 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 also for 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 a non-equilibrium statistical system with strong coupling and the application of renormalized perturbation theory to turbulence.

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This book will become a classic text for turbulence modelling. It is clear, comprehensive, and balanced. (SIAM Review)

'Quite accessible, thorough and complete.' Science

'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.

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W. D. McComb is at University of Edinburgh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the one to get 23 Sep 1999
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As a detailed review and pedagogical presentation of the statistical approach to the turbulence problem you will not find a better book. This monograph is comprehensive as well as being accessible. All aspects of the renormalised perturbation DIA theory of Kraichnan are covered in detail as well as the Langrangian history direct interaction, LET, EFP and simulation methods (the CUDIA is omitted). A brief description of renormalised group theories are covered, which given McComb's groups current work in this area, it would have been nice to have more detail. While you will not find discussion of the functional operator formalism of Martin et al, and the discussion of the functional integral method is brief, this in no way detracts from this fine text. The only comprabale text of which I am aware is that of Stanisic which is unfortunately littered with typographical errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern turbulence models 15 Mar 2003
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This is a solid text that covers modern turbulence theory. It is clearly written and easy to follow. Highly recommended . . .
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