Five Decades of Tackling Models for Stiff Fluid Dynamics Problems
A Scientific Autobiography
Zeytounian, Radyadour Kh.
2014, XXV, 153 p. 22 illus., 1 illus. in color.
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Authoritative account of the Rational Asymptotic Modeling Approach
Traces the Developments from the early beginnings in the field till the present day
Rationality - as opposed to 'ad-hoc' - and asymptotics - to emphasize the fact that perturbative methods are at the core of the theory - are the two main concepts associated with the Rational Asymptotic Modeling (RAM) approach in fluid dynamics when the goal is to specifically provide useful models accessible to numerical simulation via high-speed computing.
This approach has contributed to a fresh understanding of Newtonian fluid flow problems and has opened up new avenues for tackling real fluid flow phenomena, which are known to lead to very difficult mathematical and numerical problems irrespective of turbulence.
With the present scientific autobiography the author guides the reader through his somewhat non-traditional career; first discovering fluid mechanics, and then devoting more than fifty years to intense work in the field.
Using both personal and general historical contexts, this account will be of benefit to anyone interested in the early and contemporary developments of an important branch of theoretical and computational fluid mechanics.