A combined approach for the simulation of reactive, neutral, partially or fully ionized plasma flows is presented. This is realized in a code framework named “PICLas” for the approximate solution of the Boltzmann equation by particle based methods. PICLas combines the particle-in-cell method for the collisionless Vlasov–Maxwell system and the direct simulation Monte Carlo method for neutral reactive flows. Basic physical and mathematical modeling of both methods is addressed, and some application examples are presented in order to demonstrate the capabilities and the broad applicability of the solution strategy.
Combining particle-in-cell and direct simulation Monte Carlo for the simulation of reactive plasma flows
Note: This paper is part of the special issue on Direct Simulation Monte Carlo—The Legacy of Graeme A. Bird.
S. Fasoulas, C.-D. Munz, M. Pfeiffer, J. Beyer, T. Binder, S. Copplestone, A. Mirza, P. Nizenkov, P. Ortwein, W. Reschke; Combining particle-in-cell and direct simulation Monte Carlo for the simulation of reactive plasma flows. Physics of Fluids 1 July 2019; 31 (7): 072006. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5097638
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