SOME RELATIVISTIC GENERALIZATIONS OF GAS DYNAMICS.
BROWN UNIV PROVIDENCE R I DIV OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS
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The thermodynamic notions which have been successful in the synthesis of classical gas dynamics can be generalized to apply in Minkowski space, possibly in more ways than one. A straightforward generalization of the first and second laws is used to suggest a number of relativistic generalizations of gas dynamics. The theories discussed are all covariant and they all reduce to classical gas dynamics asymptotically when the four-velocity approaches 1, 0, 0, 0 uniformly, but they differ in their description of second order effects. In the absence of definitive measurements of relativistic effects, it is suggested that the choice of a relativistic theory may be largely a matter of taste. Author
- Fluid Mechanics
- Quantum Theory and Relativity