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Abstract
Lowspeed rarefied gas flow in a liddriven cavity is chosen as a test case in order to assess the accuracy and efficiency of both the Direct Simulation BhatnagarGross Krook (DSBGK) method and the Discrete Velocity Method (DVM) for solving the BGK kinetic equation. Various lidspeeds and a broad range of rarefaction levels, from slip to near freemolecular flows, are investigated. The DSBGK and DVM results are in satisfactory agreement for all the examined cases in 2D and 3D. As a statistical method, the stochastic noise of the DSBGK method is much smaller than that of the conventional Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method, and is independent of the Mach number. To achieve the required accuracy, the DSBGK simulations need more CPU time than the DVM simulations, i.e. for the 2D cases, a factor of 2 to 15 times more for convergence, and about 50 to 80 times more overall, including the timeaveraging process. However, for 3D cases, the third direction in the DVM velocity grid is needed, so the computational cost of DSBGK is now only 0.16 to 0.51 times that of the DVM for the convergence process, and 1.6 to 5.8 times that of the DVM overall. The efficiency of the DSBGK method can also be expected to be enhanced in largescale 3D simulations, where the computational cost for timeaveraging becomes negligible in comparison with the convergence process. The DSBGK simulations require much less memory, even at low Mach numbers, than the DVM simulations; in the test cases with the required accuracy, about 10 simulated molecules per cell in the DSBGK simulations are sufficient for an arbitrary Kn, while the DVM requires at least 4×24 and 4×24×12 velocity grids for the 2D and 3D cases, respectively, even at Kn = 0.1. Finally, we discuss the ray effects in the DVM, which exist in flow problems with a discontinuous boundary and are caused by incompatibility of the velocity grid, the spatial grid, and the order of accuracy of the numerical scheme.
Original language  English 

Pages (fromto)  143159 
Journal  Computers and Fluids 
Volume  181 
Early online date  15 Jan 2019 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  Mar 2019 
Keywords
 Rarefied gas dynamics
 Kinetic equation
 Direct simulation BGK method
 Discrete velocity method
 Low speed flows
 Ray effects
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Advanced Hybrid Method for PoreScale Simulation of Shale Gas Flows
Reese, J., Borg, M. & Krueger, T.
1/03/18 → 31/12/21
Project: Research