
ENGS152
PHYS115
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Thayer
School
of
Engineering
Dartmouth
College 

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The fluid description
of plasmas and electrically conducting fluids including
magnetohydrodynamics and twofluid fluid theory. Applications to
laboratory and space plasmas including magnetostatics, stationary flows,
waves, instabilities, and shocks.
Prerequisite:
PHYS
68 or
equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Tentatively, Tuesdays
and Thursdays
at 2:004:00 pm, plus Wednesday (Xhour) from 4:155:05 pm The xhour
may be used occasionally.
An
alternative class time will be discussed at the first class meeting on
January 4.
The course grade is
based on performance on homework and examinations with the following
weights:

Weekly Homework 
55% 

Midterm Exam 
20% 

Final Exam 
25% 
Additional
information about the
course objectives can be found in the circular "ENGS152/PHYS115: Objectives".
More information about this course, including
lecture notes, handouts, and
links to useful information, is available at the ENGS152/PHYS115
Blackboard site. You can login to Blackboard using your DND username
and password. If you have registered for ENGS 152 or PHYS 115, you will see a link in your "My Courses" list.
Additional
references on various aspects of magnetohydrodynamics are listed below. They
range from
general treatments of plasma physics, including magnetohydrodynamics, to
topical treatments of magnetic reconnection and magnetohydrodynamic
turbulence, and applications to space, fusion and engineering
magnetohydrodynamics. You will find
all of these books in the Dartmouth library. Follow the link on the cover
image below for more information about each text.

Gurnett and Bhattacharjee,
"Introduction to Plasma Physics" 2005

covers "basic plasma
theory, with applications to both space and laboratory plasmas". We
follow their treatment of shock waves in a collisionless plasma. 

Boyd and Sanderson, "The
Physics of Plasmas" 2003 
"comprehensive introduction to the
subject, illustrating the basic theory with examples drawn from
fusion, space and astrophysical plasmas". We follow their general
treatment of interchange instability using the energy principle. 

Bellan, "Fundamentals
of Plasma Physics" 2008 
"rigorous explanation of
plasmas relevant to diverse plasma applications such as controlled
fusion, astrophysical plasmas, solar physics, magnetospheric
plasmas, and plasma thrusters" 

Polovin and Demutskii "Fundamentals
of Magnetohydrodynamics" 1990 
development of
magnetohydrodynamics with collisional transport,
magnetohydrostatics, stationary flows, shocks, waves, turbulence and
dynamos 

Priest and Forbes, "Magnetic
Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications" 2007 
“pedagogical account of the basic theory
and a wideranging review of the physical phenomena created by
reconnection". We follow their treatment of magnetic annihilation
and SweetParker and Petschek reconnection. 

Biskamp, "Magnetohydrodynamic
Turbulence" 2008 
"a brief outline of
the magnetohydrodynamic theory and discussion of the macroscopic
aspects of MHD turbulence, including the smallscale scaling
properties" 

Kulsrud, "Plasma
Physics for Astrophysics" 2004 
"introduces plasma physics
from the ground up, presenting it as a comprehensible field that can
be grasped largely on the basis of physical intuition and
qualitative reasoning, similar to other fields of physics" 

Priest, "Solar
Magnetohydrodynamics" 1984 
"a comprehensive review of
present magnetohydrodynamic models in solar physics ... also an
excellent text for a graduate on magnetohydrodynamics" 

Schindler, "Physics of
Space Plasma Activity" 2006 
"a coherent and detailed
treatment of the physical background of large plasma eruptions in
space ... employs both fluid and kinetic models, and discusses the
applications to magnetospheric and solar activity." 

Schunk and Nagy,
"Ionospheres: Physics, Plasma Physics, and Chemistry", 2nd
ed. 2009 
"a comprehensive
description of the physical, plasma and chemical processes
controlling the behavior of ionospheres. The relevant transport
equations and related coefficients are derived in detail and their
applicability and limitations are described" 

Freidberg, "Plasma Physics
and Fusion Energy" 2008 
"covers energy issues such
as the production of fusion power, power balance, the design of a
simple fusion reactor, and the basic plasma physics issues faced by
the developers of fusion power" 

Schnack, "Lectures in
Magnetohydrodynamics, With an Appendix on Extended MHD" 2009 
Lecture notes from a
similar course taught at U Wisconsin. Online version and pdf
chapters can be accessed (Dartmouth license) at
http://tinyurl.com/33gygm8 

Goedbloed, Keppens and
Poedts, "Advanced Magnetohydrodynamics" 2010 
Companion to
the textbook "Principles of Magnetohydrodynamics" by the same
authors with treatment of more advanced topics including applications to
thermonuclear fusion and plasma astrophysics. 

Müller and Bühler, "Magnetofluiddynamics
in Channels and Containers" 2001 
fundamentals of
magnetohydrodynamics with treatment
of magnetothermohydraulics in liquid metal flows influenced by
magnetic fields ... contains many new results that can be utilized
for the design and optimization of various technical systems and
processes, including nuclear fusion reactors. 

Sutton and Sherman, "Engineering
Magnetohydrodynamics"
1965 
in three parts, "I. properties of ionized
gases in magnetic and electric fields, essentially following the
microscopic viewpoint, II. macroscopic motion of electrically
conducting compressible fluids. III. applications of
magnetohydrodynamics". We follow their treatment of MHD channel
flows. 


