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Entropy 2011, 13(2), 402-421; doi:10.3390/e13020402

Deterministic Prediction of the Entropy Increase in a Sudden Expansion

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2067 Browning Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
Received: 24 December 2010 / Revised: 25 January 2011 / Accepted: 25 January 2011 / Published: 31 January 2011
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This paper presents the results of a study of the prediction of the entropy growth within an internal free shear layer of an ideal gas flow downstream of a sudden expansion of the flow area. The objective of the study is exploratory in nature by invoking concepts from information theory to connect the deterministic prediction of the spectral entropy growth within the shear layer to the experimentally inferred increase in entropy across the flow region. The deterministic prediction of the spectral entropy increase along the shear layer is brought into agreement with the experimentally inferred increase in entropy through the ad hoc inclusion of the activation spectral entropy. The values for this activation spectral entropy are directly related to the area ratios across the expansion region and have a specific numerical value for each area ratio. View Full-Text
Keywords: experimental stagnation pressure losses; deterministic flow equations; spectral entropy predictions experimental stagnation pressure losses; deterministic flow equations; spectral entropy predictions
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Isaacson, L.K. Deterministic Prediction of the Entropy Increase in a Sudden Expansion. Entropy 2011, 13, 402-421.

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