Accession Number:

ADA011815

Title:

A Test for the Viability of Fluid Codes in the Collisionless Regime.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Report Date:

1975-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

A collisionless unmagnetized plasma can multistream. Therefore, it is not clear to what extent fluid codes can be used to describe its motion. A simple test is presented here which shows when a collisionless plasma multistreams. If a temperature equation formulation of the energy equation is used, it is shown that the system continuously and unavoidably loses energy when multistreaming occurs.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE