publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

Thermal creep force: analysis and application

Wolfe, David M.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2016
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The existence of two motive forces on a Crookes radiometer has complicated the investigation of either force independently. The thermal creep shear force, in particular, has been subject to differing interpretations of the direction in which it acts and its order of magnitude. A horizontal vane radiometer design is provided, which isolates the thermal creep shear force. The horizontal vane radiometer is explored through experiment, kinetic theory, and the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. The qualitative agreement between the three methods of investigation is good. The quantitative agreement betwe...
Subjects
arXiv: Physics::Geophysics
free text keywords: rarefied gas flows, kinetic theory, numerical methods
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