Journal of Applied Mathematics

Consistent Algorithms Marching Along Characteristics for the Numerical Solution of the Boltzmann Equation

Nilson C. Roberty and Rogerio C. Nunes

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Abstract

We introduce algorithms marching over a polygonal mesh with elements consistent with the propagation directions of the particle (radiation) flux. The decision for adopting this kind of mesh to solve the one-speed Boltzmann transport equation is due to characteristics of the domain of the transport operator which controls derivatives only in the direction of propagation of the particles (radiation) flux in the absorbing and scattering media. This a priori adaptivity has the advantages that it formulates a consistent scheme which makes appropriate the application of the Lax equivalence theorem framework to the problem. In this work, we present the main functional spaces involved in the formalism and a description of the algorithms for the mesh generation and the transport equation solution. Some numerical examples related to the solution of a transmission problem in a high-contrast model with absorption and scattering are presented. Also, a comparison with benchmarks problems for source and reactor criticality simulations shows the compatibility between calculations with the algorithms proposed here and theoretical results.

Article information

Source
J. Appl. Math., Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 126309, 26 pages.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 12 August 2011

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jam/1313170505

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1155/2011/126309

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2784396

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1217.65181

Citation

Roberty, Nilson C.; Nunes, Rogerio C. Consistent Algorithms Marching Along Characteristics for the Numerical Solution of the Boltzmann Equation. J. Appl. Math. 2011 (2011), Article ID 126309, 26 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/126309. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jam/1313170505


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