Compressible Fluids

Compressible flow requires the integration of the equations of conservation of mass and momentum with that of energy conservation. These three conservation requirements are closely coupled to each other in a way that increases the complexity of the problem. Also, the energy conservation equation explicitly incorporates thermodynamic properties of the fluid. A result of this is there is no general solution to such flows, and we resort instead to simple flows, such as unsteady one-dimensional and steady two-dimensional inviscid flows of perfect gases having constant specific heats.

See also: Compressed, Fluids.

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Subjects: Aerodynamics Physics