Methods of Solution of the Boltzmann Equation for Rarefied Gases

  • Carlo Cercignani
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 224)


According to the molecular theory of matter, a macroscopic volume of gas (say, 1 cm3) is a system of a very large number (say, 1020) of molecules moving in a rather irregular way. In principle, we may assume, ignoring quantum effects, that the molecules are particles (mass points or other systems with a small number of degrees of freedom) obeying the laws of classical mechanics. We may also assume that the laws of interaction between the molecules are perfectly known so that, in principle, the evolution of the system is computable, provided suitable initial data are given.


Boltzmann Equation Knudsen Number Couette Flow Poiseuille Flow Mass Velocity 
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  • Carlo Cercignani
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  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoItaly

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