A Unified Gaskinetic Methodology for Full-Knudsen-Range Flows with Chemically Reacting Effects

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG75P
Agency Tracking Number: 104938
Amount: $99,902.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4578
DUNS: 182103291
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Shuchi Yang
 Principal Investigator
 (480) 945-9988
Business Contact
 Jennifer Scherr
Title: Business Official
Phone: (480) 945-9988
Email: jennifer@zonatech.com
Research Institution
ZONA proposes a Unified Gas Kinetic Scheme (UGKS) to cover the full Knudsen number range from the continuum flow to free molecular flow that can simultaneously exist in the jet nozzle flow of the spacecraft. In the UGKS solver, the BGK model of Boltzmann equation is solved directly with finite volume method based on the Discrete Ordinate Method (DOM). In the UGKS computation the convective terms and collision term is computed in one step with a multi-scale scheme without splitting. The UGKS also closely couples the update of macroscopic conservative variables with the update of microscopic gas distribution functions in one step. At the continuum flow regime, the UGKS recovers the Navier-Stokes solutions with much larger time step than regular direct BGK solver where UGKS essentially becomes a shock-capture scheme. In the rarefied flow regime, UGKS recovers the direct BGK method up to the free molecular flow. With the UGKS, the jet-like flow can be simulated with a unique flow solver. Furthermore, a two-species chemical reaction will be incorporated in UGKS. The UGKS will be applied to various test cases whose results will be validated with others' computational results and available experimental data to verify its accuracy and computational efficiency.

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