Stationary solutions to the exterior problems for the Boltzmann equation, I. Existence

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-520
Journal / PublicationDiscrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


The exterior problem arising from the study of a flow past an obstacle is one of the most classical and important subjects in gas dynamics and fluid mechanics. The point of this problem is to assign the bulk velocity at infinity, which is not a trivial driving force on the flow so that some non-trivial solution profiles persist. In this paper, we consider the exterior problem for the Boltzmann equation when the Mach number of the far field equilibrium state is small. The result here generalizes the previous one by Ukai-Asano on the same problem to more general boundary conditions by crucially using the velocity average argument.

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  • Boltzmann equation, Exterior problems, Stationary solutions, Velocity average argument