MiR@W Day: Recent Developments in the Kinetic Theory of Gases
27 July 2017 (Thursday)
About the workshop:
Kinetic theory of gases is a theory based on a simplified molecular description of a gas, from which many average properties of the gas, such as density, pressure, velocity and temperature, can be derived. The Boltzmann equation describes the evolution of the distribution function in phase space by accounting for the motion and collisions of the particles in the gas. It is an integrodifferential equation which requires detailed information of phase space and thus the direct solution of the Boltzmann equation, in many cases, is prohibitively computationally expensive. A variety of macroscopic models can be derived from the Boltzmann equation. The best known among these are the NavierStokesFourier equations or the Burnett equations, derived by means of the ChapmanEnskog method or the Grad's moment equations, obtained by taking the moments of the Boltzmann equation.
Over the years these concepts of kinetic theory for gases have been extended to different fields, such as phonon transport for investigating heat conduction in nonmetallic solids, electron transport in semiconductors and EnskogVlasov equation a kinetic equation suited to liquid dynamics and phase transitions. The goal of this workshop to explore recent trends and developments in the kinetic theory of gases and related areas, such as
(a) numerical methods for the Boltzmann equation
(b) approximation methods in kinetic theory
(c) model reduction and coarsegraining approaches in statistical mechanics
(d) dynamics and phase transitions in liquids.
Organisers: James Sprittles, Anirudh Rana
Location: Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick
Room B3.02, 27 July 2017 (Thursday)
Invited Speakers:
Prof. Henning Struchtrup (University of Victoria, Canada),
Prof. Alexander Gorban (University of Leicester, UK),
Dr Lei Wu (University of Strathclyde, UK),
Prof David Emerson (Daresbury Laboratory, UK).
Time table
10:0010:30 Welcome coffee 


Speaker 
Title 
10:3011:20 
Macroscopic Modelling of Rarefied and Vacuum Gas Flows 

11:2011:40 
Fundamental solutions to moment equations: applications in microscale gas flows 

11:4012:30 
Hydrodynamic manifolds for kinetic equations (Joint work with Prof. I. Karlin) 

12:3013:30 Lunch break 

13:3013:50 
Mean field kinetic theory approach to liquid evaporation into near vacuum conditions 

13:5014:40 
Successes Using the Method of Moments for Rarefied Phenomena and its Future Development (Joint work with Prof. XiaoJun Gu) 

14:4015:10 
Coffee break 

15:1016:00 
Efficient numerical methods for gas kinetic equations and their applicaitons 

16:0016:20 
Modelling thermophoretic force on a sphere: Some results from macroscopic approaches 

16:2016:40 
Modelling gas kinetic effects in droplet collision and impact 
Further information to follow.