School Seminars and Colloquia

Numerical solutions to BGK equation for unsteady flows

Confirmation talk

by Ying Wan Yap

Institution: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Date: Wed 9th March 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Jim Potter Room, Old Physics Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Recent developments in nanofabrication have resulted in high frequency oscillatory flows becoming prevalent. This is especially the case in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), which often utilize structures vibrating in the GHz range. In such gas flows, where the frequency of intermolecular collisions and the oscillating plate are comparable, the continuum assumption breaks down and the Navier-Stokes equations cannot be used. In this talk, I will present a study of oscillatory Couette flow of a rarefied gas in which benchmark solutions are obtained using the BGK model. The applicability of the lattice Boltzmann method is also explored, using these numerical solutions as a benchmark.

For More Information: contact: John Sader. email: