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Molecular dynamics and Enskog theory calculation of shock profiles in a dense hard sphere gas. (English) Zbl 0907.35101

Summary: Normal shock profiles in a dense hard sphere gas are obtained by solving numerically the Enskog kinetic equation. The results of the Enskog theory are compared with “exact” shock profiles obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that, at least in the range of the flow parameters examined, the Enskog equation provides a remarkably good description of the shock propagation.

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35Q35 PDEs in connection with fluid mechanics
76L05 Shock waves and blast waves in fluid mechanics
82C40 Kinetic theory of gases in time-dependent statistical mechanics
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