Fluid Mechanics of Planets and Stars

  • Michael Le Bars
  • Daniel Lecoanet

Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 595)

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About this book


This book explores the dynamics of planetary and stellar fluid layers, including atmospheres, oceans, iron cores, and convective and radiative zones in stars, describing the different theoretical, computational and experimental methods used to study these problems in fluid mechanics, including the advantages and limitations of each method for different problems. This scientific domain is by nature interdisciplinary and multi-method, but while much effort has been devoted to solving open questions within the various fields of mechanics, applied mathematics, physics, earth sciences and astrophysics, and while much progress has been made within each domain using theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches, cross-fertilizations have remained marginal. Going beyond the state of the art, the book provides readers with a global introduction and an up-to-date overview of relevant studies, fully addressing the wide range of disciplines and methods involved.
The content builds on the CISM course “Fluid mechanics of planets and stars”, held in April 2018, which was part of the research project FLUDYCO, supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.


fluid mechanics planets fluid mechanis stars instabilities geophysics astrophsics waves instabilities turbulence geophysical phenomena

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Le Bars
    • 1
  • Daniel Lecoanet
    • 2
  1. 1.IRPHE (UMR 7342)CNRS, Aix Marseille University, Centrale MarseilleMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Department of Astrophysical SciencesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22073-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22074-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0254-1971
  • Series Online ISSN 2309-3706
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