Multiscale lattice Boltzmann approach to modeling gas flows

Jian-Ping Meng, Yonghao Zhang, Xiaowen Shan

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For multiscale gas flows, kinetic-continuum hybrid method is usually used to balance the computational accuracy and efficiency. However, the kinetic-continuum coupling is not straightforward since the coupled methods are based on different theoretical frameworks. In particular, it is not easy to recover the non-equilibrium information required by the kinetic method which is lost by the continuum model at the coupling interface. Therefore, we present a multiscale lattice Boltzmann (LB) method which deploys high-order LB models in highly rarefied flow regions and low-order ones in less rarefied regions. Since this multiscale approach is based on the same theoretical framework, the coupling process becomes simple. The non-equilibrium information will not be lost at the interface as low-order LB models can also retain this information. The simulation results confirm that the present method can achieve modeling accuracy with reduced computational cost.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • lattice Boltzmann
  • gas flows
  • modeling


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