Boundary layers for the nonlinear discrete Boltzmann equation: Condensing vapor flow in the presence of a non-condensable gas

N. Bernhoff
Half-space problems for the Boltzmann equation are of great importance in the study of the asymptotic behavior of the solutions of boundary value problems of the Boltzmann equation for small Knudsen numbers. Half-space problems provide the boundary conditions for the fluid-dynamic-type equations and Knudsen-layer corrections to the solution of the fluid-dynamic-type equations in a neighborhood of the boundary. Here we consider a half-space problem of condensation for a pure vapor in the
more » ... apor in the presence of a non-condensable gas by using discrete velocity models (DVMs) of the Boltzmann equation. The Boltzmann equation can be approximated by DVMs up to any order, and these DVMs can be applied for numerical methods, but also for mathematical studies to bring deeper understanding and new ideas. For one-dimensional half-space problems, the discrete Boltzmann equation (the general DVM) reduces to a system of ODEs. We obtain that the number of parameters to be specified in the boundary conditions depends on whether the condensing vapor flow is subsonic or supersonic. This behavior has earlier been found numerically. We want to stress that our results are valid for any finite number of velocities. This is an extension of known results for single-component gases (and for binary mixtures of two vapors) to the case when a non-condensable gas is present. The vapor is assumed to tend to an assigned Maxwellian, with a flow velocity towards the condensed phase, at infinity, while the non-condensable gas tends to zero at infinity. Steady condensation of the vapor takes place at the condensed phase, which is held at a constant temperature. We assume that the vapor is completely absorbed, that the non-condensable gas is diffusively reflected at the condensed phase, and that vapor molecules leaving the condensed phase are distributed according to a given distribution. The conditions, on the given distribution at the condensed phase, needed for the existence of a unique solution of the problem are investigated, assuming that the given distribution at the condensed phase is sufficiently close to the Maxwellian at infinity and that the total mass of the non-condensable gas is sufficiently small. Exact solutions and solvability conditions are found for a specific simplified discrete velocity model (with few velocities).
doi:10.1063/1.4769509 fatcat:3of4gke3dfawhglagmijn6o73m