Application of discrete unified gas kinetic scheme to thermally induced nonequilibrium flows

Lianhua Zhu, Zhaoli Guo

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In this article, we present the applications of the discrete unified gas kinetic scheme (DUGKS) for simulating thermal induced non-equilibrium flows. Four different types of thermally induced flows, including the thermal creep flow, thermal edge flow, radiometric flow and temperature discontinuity induced flow have been simulated in a wide range of Knudsen numbers. The numerical results have been compared with direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) solutions and show that the Shakhov model based DUGKS can be faithfully used for such thermally induced nonequilibrium flows. In particular, due to the asymptotic preserving property of the DUGKS, the flow features in the near continuum flows can be captured efficiently. The extremely low-speed character of such flows is also in favor of the current deterministic model equation solver.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103613
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Fluids
Early online date25 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2019



  • discrete unified gas kinetic scheme
  • DSMC
  • Knudsen force

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