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AuthorStraughan, Brian. author
TitleThe Energy Method, Stability, and Nonlinear Convection [electronic resource] / by Brian Straughan
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 2004
Edition Second Edition
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Descript XII, 450 p. online resource


This book describes the energy method, a powerful technique for deriving nonlinear stability estimates in thermal convection contexts. It includes a very readable introduction to the subject (Chapters 2-4), which begins at an elementary level and explains the energy method in great detail, and also covers the current topic of convection in porous media, introducing simple models and then showing how useful stability results can be derived. In addition to the basic explanation, many examples from diverse areas of fluid mechanics are described. The book also mentions new areas where the methods are being used, for example, mathematical biology and finance. Several of the results given are published here for the first time. This volume is a completely revised version of the first edition published in 1992. In addition to an update of material from the first edition, six new chapters have been added, covering topics such as multi-component convection-diffusion, convection flows in a compressible fluid, models of penetrative convection, convection with temperature-dependent viscosity and thermal conductivity, and stability of ocean flows. The final chapter gives details of two very different but highly accurate and efficient methods for numerically solving eigenvalue problems that arise in hydrodynamic stability. The new methods developed during the last eleven years and presented here will be of use to many readers in applied mathematics, engineering, physics, and other mathematical disciplines


1 Introduction -- 2 Illustration of the energy method -- 3 The Navier-Stokes equations and the Bรฉnard problem -- 4 Symmetry, competing effects, and coupling parameters -- 5 Convection problems in a half space -- 6 Generalized energies and the Lyapunov method -- 7 Geophysical problems -- 8 Surface tension driven convection -- 9 Convection in generalized fluids -- 10 Time dependent basic states -- 11 Electrohydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic convection -- 12 Ferrohydrodynamic convection -- 13 Reacting viscous fluids -- 14 Multi-component convection diffusion -- 15 Convection in a compressible fluid -- 16 Temperature dependent fluid properties -- 17 Penetrative convection -- 18 Nonlinear stability in ocean circulation models -- 19 Numerical solution of eigenvalue problems -- A Useful inequalities -- A.1 The Poincarรฉ inequality -- A.2 The Wirtinger inequality -- A.3 The Sobolev inequality -- A.4 An inequality for the supremum of a function -- A.7 A two-dimensional surface inequality -- A.8 Inequality (A.20) is false in three-dimensions -- References

Mathematics Dynamics Ergodic theory Applied mathematics Engineering mathematics Fluids Statistical physics Dynamical systems Mathematics Applications of Mathematics Statistical Physics Dynamical Systems and Complexity Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory Fluid- and Aerodynamics


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