Hydrodynamics of fluids near a critical point

Moshe Gitterman

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Because many properties of a fluid are highly anomalous near a critical point, experimental situations that normally are very simple to describe become much more complicated. Thus the specific heat of a sample is different from bulk values because of large, gravity-induced density gradients. The problems of relaxation to equilibrium, free convection, Brownian motion of a particle, and the viscous damping of an oscillating cylinder or a rotating disk are all complicated by the large compressibility, and, in general, the need to solve the hydrodynamic equations in a nonlinear regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-106
Number of pages22
JournalReviews of Modern Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978


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