Kinetic Theory of Granular Gases provides an introduction to the rapidly developing theory of dissipative gas dynamics - a theory which has mainly evolved over the last decade. The book is aimed at readers from the advanced undergraduate level upwards and leads on to the present state of research. Throughout, special emphasis is put on a microscopically consistent description of pairwise particle collisions which leads to an impact-velocity-dependent coefficient of restitution. The description of the many-particle system, based on the Boltzmann equation, starts with the derivation of the velocity distribution function, followed by the investigation of self-diffusion and Brownian motion. Using hydrodynamical methods, transport processes and self-organized structure formation are studied.
An appendix gives a brief introduction to event-driven molecular dynamics. A second appendix describes a novel mathematical technique for derivation of kinetic properties, which allows for the application of computer algebra. The text is self-contained, requiring no mathematical or physical knowledge beyond that of standard physics undergraduate level. The material is adequate for a one-semester course and contains chapter summaries as well as exercises with detailed solutions. The molecular dynamics and computer-algebra programs can be downloaded from a companion web page.
'Kinetic Theory of Granular Gases is an admirable contribution by two experts of this rapidly evolving field. In addition to technical details, it provides important insights that are essential for graduate students thinking about the similarities and differences between normal and granular gases. The book fills a significant gap, and I expect it will be adopted for graduate courses in both physics and engineering programs. James W. Duffy, Physics Today,October 2005. 'This appears to be the first introductory text in the rapidly growing field of the kinetic theory of granular materials, a subject with wide ranging applications in physics, astronomy, engineering, and chemistry...No mathematical knowledge is required beyond standard undergraduate level and the book is well adapted for use in graduate courses on kinetic theory, since it includes a broad range of exercises throughout the book'. Journal of Statistical Physics, March 2005.
Series: Oxford Graduate Texts
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.71