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Scale Analysis of Compressible Flows from an Application Perspective

Klein, R. (2017) Scale Analysis of Compressible Flows from an Application Perspective. In: Handbook of Mathematical Analysis in Mechanics of Viscous Fluids. Springer, pp. 1-42. ISBN 978-3-319-10151-4

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From an application perspective the fluid flow equations are studied to gain insight into particular solutions related to concrete flow problems. Methods of asymptotic – or scale – analysis provide powerful means to this end. By exploiting the smallness of characteristic dimensionless parameters in a given flow regime, these methods lead to approximate reduced equations in a systematic fashion. Comparison of the reduced and full models yields new insights in that it reveals which mechanisms are and which are not important in the considered flow regime. Moreover, the reduced equations are often easier to solve numerically or, in the best of all cases, even admit analytical solution. Asymptotics is sometimes considered a “dark art”: From a mathematician’s perspective, there is too much emphasis on physics-based and formal arguments rather than on rigorous statements and proofs. For the applied scientist or engineer, in turn, asymptotic techniques involve steps and procedures that seem to satisfy mathematical needs only while being hard to justify in physical terms. This contribution is an attempt at addressing some of these concerns by walking through a few established examples of multiple scales analysis and by carefully explaining each step on the way.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
ID Code:2191
Deposited By: Ulrike Eickers
Deposited On:08 Feb 2018 14:17
Last Modified:08 Feb 2018 14:17

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