Variance-reduction kinetic simulation of low-speed rarefied gas flow through long microchannels of annular cross sections

Ferdin Don Bosco, Yonghao Zhang

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Abstract

In micro/nano-devices, the low-speed transport of mass, momentum, and energy through long-ducts is frequently encountered, thereby necessitating scientific investigations. Here, long-ducts of various annular cross sections conducting low-speed gas flows under the influence of a small pressure gradient are considered, in order to understand how the mass flow rate is affected by rarefaction, variations in the radius ratio, and eccentricity of annular geometries. The Boltzmann model equation is treated by a low-variance formulation and simulated by a stochastic kinetic particle-based approach, which addresses the deviation of the molecular distribution function from equilibrium to reduce computational cost significantly. An efficient parallel solver has also been developed and utilized in this research, which is validated against the reported results in the literature. The efficient kinetic particle treatment provides a powerful simulation tool to reveal multi-scale flow physics, which is essential to develop and optimize micro/nano-fluidic devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)082002
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2020

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