Compressible Flows

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The main difference between the flow behavior of incompressible and compressible fluids, and the equations that govern them, is the effect of variable density, for example, the dependence of density upon pressure and temperature. At low velocities (relative to the speed of sound), relative changes in pressure and associated effects on density are often small and the assumption of incompressible flow with a constant (average) density may be reasonable. It is when the gas velocity approaches the speed ...

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