On a simulation scheme for the Boltzmann equation. (English) Zbl 0609.76084

The author investigates a Monte Carlo scheme derived by K. Nanbu [Direct simulation scheme derived from the Boltzmann equation. I. Monocomponent gases, J. Phys. Soc. Japan 49, 2042-2049 (1980] which simulates solutions of the Boltzmann equation by N-point systems. This scheme may be interpreted as a method to generate paths of a stochastic process associated to a (piecewise linear) transport equation \(f_ t=J(f,f^{\Delta})\). It is shown that by rearranging certain random variables the computation effort can be reduced from \(O(N^ 2)\) to O(N). The fluctuations of the kinetic energy of the N-point system are estimated.


76P05 Rarefied gas flows, Boltzmann equation in fluid mechanics
82B40 Kinetic theory of gases in equilibrium statistical mechanics
65C05 Monte Carlo methods
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