Benchmark numerical simulations of rarefied non-reacting gas flows using an open-source DSMC code

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  • Rodrigo Cassineli Palharini
  • Craig White
  • Thomas J. Scanlon
  • Richard E. Brown
  • Matthew K. Borg
  • Jason M. Reese
Validation and verification represent an important element in the development of a computational code. The aim is establish both confidence in the algorithm and its suitability for the intended purpose. In this paper, a direct simulation Monte Carlo solver, called dsmcFoam, is carefully investigated for its ability to solve low and high speed non-reacting gas flows in simple and complex geometries. The test cases are: flow over sharp and truncated flat plates, the Mars Pathfinder probe, a micro-channel with heated internal steps, and a simple micro-channel. For all the cases investigated, dsmcFoam demonstrates very good agreement with experimental and numerical data available in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-157
Number of pages18
JournalComputers and Fluids
Early online date3 Aug 2015
StatePublished - 5 Oct 2015

    Research areas

  • aerodynamics, rarefied gas dynamics, open-source, low/high speed flows, DSMC, benchmark

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