Dynamic Phase Transitions in a van der Waals Fluid.
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This paper proves the existence of traveling wave solutions connecting liquid and vapor phases in a van der Waals fluid. The main constitutive assumptions are that the fluid be an elastic fluidwith pressure given by the van der Waals equation of state possessing a higher order correction given by Kortewegs theory of capillarity and the fluid is a conductor of heat with large specific heat at constant volume. The main mathematical tool in the analysis is the Conley-Easton theory of isolating blocks. Author
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