The Finite Pointset Method for hypersonic flows in the rarefied gas regime

  • H. Neunzert
  • J. Struckmeier


There seems to be no doubt any longer, that it is not recommendable to use the Navier-Stokes equation for the description of the flow around aspace vehicle in altitudes above 80 km. One has to go one step up in the hierarchy and use a kinetic equation, which holds even if the gas is far away from the thermodynamic equilibrium.


Boltzmann Equation Knudsen Number Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Hypersonic Flow Rigid Sphere 
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  • H. Neunzert
    • 1
  • J. Struckmeier
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of KaiserslauternGermany

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