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Introduction to Hamiltonian Fluid Dynamics and Stability Theory

1st Edition

By Gordon E Swaters

Chapman and Hall/CRC

288 pages

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Hamiltonian fluid dynamics and stability theory work hand-in-hand in a variety of engineering, physics, and physical science fields. Until now, however, no single reference addressed and provided background in both of these closely linked subjects. Introduction to Hamiltonian Fluid Dynamics and Stability Theory does just that-offers a comprehensive introduction to Hamiltonian fluid dynamics and describes aspects of hydrodynamic stability theory within the context of the Hamiltonian formalism.

The author uses the example of the nonlinear pendulum-giving a thorough linear and nonlinear stability analysis of its equilibrium solutions-to introduce many of the ideas associated with the mathematical argument required in infinite dimensional Hamiltonian theory needed for fluid mechanics. He examines Andrews' Theorem, derives and develops the Charney-Hasegawa-Mima (CMH) equation, presents an account of the Hamiltonian structure of the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation, and discusses the stability theory associated with the KdV soliton.

The book's tutorial approach and plentiful exercises combine with its thorough presentations of both subjects to make Introduction to Hamiltonian Fluid Dynamics and Stability Theory an ideal reference, self-study text, and upper level course book.


"…a refreshingly non-technical style…this is a well-written introduction to Hamiltonian fluid dynamics and basic stability results."

--S. Reich, Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Vol. 44

Table of Contents


The Nonlinear Pendulum

Model Formulation

Canonical Hamiltonian Formulation

Least Action Principle

Symplectic Hamiltonian Formulation

Mathematical Properties of the J Matrix

Poisson Bracket Formulation

Steady Solutions of a Canonical Hamiltonian System

Linear Stability of a Steady Solution

Nonlinear Stability of a Steady Solution

The Two Dimensional Euler Equations

Vorticity Equation Formulation

Hamiltonian Structure for Partial Differential Equations

Hamiltonian Structure of the Euler Equations

Reduction of the Canonical Poisson Bracket

Casimir Functionals and Noether's Theorem


Stability of Steady Euler Flows

Steady Solutions of the Vorticity Equation

Linear Stability Problem

Normal Mode Equations for Parallel Shear Flows

Linear Stability Theorems

Nonlinear Stability Theorems

Andrews' Theorem

Flows with Special Symmetries


The Charney-Hasegawa-Mima Equation

A Derivation of the CHM Equation

Hamiltonian Structure

Steady Solutions

Stability of Steady Solutions

Steadily-Travelling Solutions


The KdV Equation

A Derivation of the KdV Equation

Hamiltonian Structure

Periodic and Soliton Solutions

Variational Principles

Linear Stability Nonlinear Stability


About the Series

Monographs and Surveys in Pure and Applied Mathematics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Differential Equations
SCIENCE / Mathematical Physics