One Dimensional Flow in Magnetogasdynamics

  • Shih-I Pai


In chapters VI to VIII, we considered the plasma as an incompressible fluid of constant density. Actually the density of the plasma changes considerably with the speed as well as with the temperature of the flow. For high-speed flow or large temperature gradient flow or both, the effect of compressibility, i. e., the change of density, must be considered in the study of the flow of plasma. In the next four chapters, we are going to study the flow of plasma including the effect of compressibility. There are many interesting phenomena due to this compressibility effect such as shock wave phenomena. In order to bring out the essential features of the flow of a compressible fluid, we shall discuss the one-dimensional case first. We shall be concerned only with the velocity along a stream tube and the accompanied variations in pressure, density, and temperature of the plasma as well as the magnetic field.


Shock Wave Mach Number Transition Region Shock Front Uniform State 
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  • Shih-I Pai
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  1. 1.Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied MathematicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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