Compressible Flow of Gases

  • Octave Levenspiel
Part of the The Plenum Chemical Engineering Series book series (PCES)


When the density change of fluid is small (ρ12 < 2) and the velocity not too high (Mach number, Ma < 0.3), then the mechanical energy balance reduces to the forms developed in Chapter 2. These equations represent the flow of all liquids as well as relatively slow moving gases. This is called incompressible flow.


Mach Number Heat Pipe Heat Transfer Rate Storage Tank Compressible Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Octave Levenspiel
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  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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