An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics

An Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics

Magnetic fields are routinely used in industry to heat, pump, stir and levitate liquid metals. There is the terrestrial magnetic field that is maintained by fluid motion in the earth's core, the solar magnetic field, which generates sunspots and solar flares, and the galactic field that influences the formation of stars. This introductory text on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) (the study of the interaction of magnetic fields and conducting fluids) is intended to serve as an introductory text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in physics, applied mathematics and engineering. The material in the text is heavily weighted toward incompressible flows and to terrestrial (as distinct from astrophysical) applications. The final sections of the text, which outline the latest advances in the metallurgical applications of MHD, make the book of interest to professional researchers in applied mathematics, engineering and metallurgy.


"The author cares greatly about the student. The language of this book is simple, vivid, yet fully scientific. It is a real pleasure to read. ...worth recommending, not only to students, but also to everyone who is interested in MHD, particularly to theoreticians who, as a rule, know almost nothing about metallurgical applications of MHD." Applied Mechanics Review

"A significant addition to the literature." SIAM Review

"put the material in historical perspective and also offer temporary light relief from some of the inevitable mathematical complexity...provides a particularly appealing introduction to MHD theory for those already well-versed in theroretical fluid mechanics." AIAA Journal

"In a pleasing, colloquial style that is appropriately rigorous, as called for by the material, the author presents a remarkably comprehensive treatment of the basics...Davidson presents excellent scaling arguments to justify his equation and to give the reader deeper insight into the subject" Physics Today 2002

"The book is unique in bringing together a number of diverse MHD topics...the book makes for rewarding reading, and I recommend it to all students of MHD, no matter what their persuasion." American Journal of Physics