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Cylindrical Couette Flow of a Rarefied Gas From Macro- to Micro-Scales

[+] Author Affiliations
Sheng Wang, Kangbin Lei, Xilian Luo, Kiwamu Kase

RIKEN Institute, Wako, Saitama, Japan

Elia Merzari, Hisashi Ninokata

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. FEDSM2009-78359, pp. 469-475; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 2: Fora
  • Vail, Colorado, USA, August 2–6, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4373-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3855-6
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The cylindrical Couette flow of a rarefied gas from macro- to micro-scales, in the case where the inner cylinder is rotating whereas the outer cylinder is at rest, is extensively investigated by direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) code incorporated with a Volume-CAD software. The generalized soft sphere (GSS) model is applied to an intermolecular collision calculation. The diffuse reflection model and Cercignani-Lampis-Lord (CLL) model are used to model the molecule-surface interaction by considering the accommodation coefficients on inner cylinder (ACI hereafter) and outer cylinder (ACO hereafter) separately. The contents in this paper include following three aspects: I the flow field characteristics and force and torque on inner cylinder for eccentric Couette flow between different scales with same non-dimensional parameters (accommodation coefficients, eccentricity-clearance ratio, Knudsen number and Reynolds number) are compared; the flow field characteristics for different scales are same; with the increase of the scale, the total force on the inner cylinder increases slightly, while the torque is proportional to the scale; II the velocity profiles in concentric Couette flow under different non-dimensional parameters are studied; the result shows that the phenomenon of inverted velocity profile in the concentric Couette flow is only induced by a smooth outer cylinder; the non-dimensional tangential velocity, as well as its gradient is high at low Reynolds number; the Knudsen number has great impact on the tangential velocity profile, and the velocity profile may not be inverted in the case of low Knudsen number; III the flow field characteristics in eccentric Couette flow under different non-dimensional parameters are obtained; the recirculation zone may not appear when Knudsen number is high; the position of its center may be different depending on Reynolds number; with the increase of Reynolds number, the compressibility effect becomes important; stratified distribution of the density becomes obvious at low Knudsen number.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics)



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