Analysis of Accommodation Coefficients of Noble Gases on Aluminum Surface with an Experimental/Computational Method (Postprint)
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AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIRECTORATE
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A technique is proposed to assess gas-surface accommodation coefficients. The technique utilizes the fact that radiometric forces exerted on heated objects immersed in rarefied gases are governed by the interaction of gas molecules with the surface. In the present implementation, it connects measurements of radiometric forces on a heated vane in the transitional flow regime with the kinetic modeling of the flow, and derives the accommodation coefficients through the successive analysis of measured and computed results. A new combined ES-BGK DSMC approach that allows accurate and time efficient analysis of radiometric forces on a vane in large vacuum chambers filled with rarefied gas is presented. Accommodation coefficients for the Maxwell model are estimated for argon, xenon, and helium on a machined aluminum surface, and found to be 0.81, 0.86, and 0.53, respectively.
- Physical Chemistry
- Numerical Mathematics
- Statistics and Probability