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Journal of Nanophotonics

Mesoscale flow and heat transfer modelling and its application to liquid and gas flows
Author(s): Nikolaos Asproulis; Marco Kalweit; Evgeniy Shapiro; Dimitris Drikakis
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Paper Abstract

Advances in micro and nanofluidics have influenced technological developments in several areas, including materials, chemistry, electronics and bio-medicine. The phenomena observed at micro and nanoscale are characterised by their inherent multiscale nature. Accurate numerical modelling of these phenomena is the cornerstone for enhancing the applicability of micro and nanofluidics in the industrial environment. We investigated different strategies for applying macroscopic boundary conditions to microscopic simulations. Continuous rescaling of atomic velocities and velocity distribution functions, such as Maxwell-Boltzmann or Chapman-Enskog, were investigated. Simulations were performed for problems involving liquids and gases under different velocity and temperature conditions. The results revealed that the selection of the most suitable method is not a trivial issue and depends on the nature of the problem, availability of computational resource and accuracy requirement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2009
PDF: 15 pages
J. Nanophoton. 3(1) 031960 doi: 10.1117/1.3269638
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 3, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Nikolaos Asproulis, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Marco Kalweit, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Evgeniy Shapiro, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Dimitris Drikakis, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)

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