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Irreversible Phenomena


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Classical Ignition Theories.- Stochastic Theory of Irreversible Phenomena.- Nucleation in Phase Transition.- Shock Tubes.- Stochastic Ignition Theory.- Ignition in a Fuel Spray.- Ignition by Electric Sparks.- Nonequilibrium State.- Interaction Between Combustion and Pressure or Shock Waves.- Gaseous Detonation Waves.- Industrial Applications of Detonation Waves.


From the reviews:

"This book is focused on the latter applications and offers a rather unique viewpoint in comparison with the existing combustion literature. ... the central argument of the book and the subsequent applications are clearly laid out and discussed, resulting in a very interesting read. ... The book provides valuable access to numerous experimental and theoretical results less readily available in the English literature. ... The book should be considered a specialist ... ." (Joanna M. Austin, AIAA Journal, Vol. 46 (2), 2008)

"In his book, Prof. K. Terao develops a theory based on the second law of thermodynamics and which intends to model irreversible phenomena. ... The paper ends with a list of references covering both the history and the current development of ignition processes. ... The book will surely be useful to engineers ... . Researchers will also find the description of experimental devices and experimental data concerning these irreversible phenomena." (Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1165, 2009)

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