The full-spectrum -distribution (FSK) method has become the most promising model for radiative transfer in participating media since its introduction a few years ago. It achieves line-by-line (LBL) accuracy for homogeneous media with only a tiny fraction of LBL’s computational cost. Among the variants of the FSK method for dealing with inhomogeneous media, the multiscale FSK (MSFSK) method not only provides a strategy to treat the inhomogeneity problem by introducing an overlap coefficient, it also accommodates a solution to the so-called mixing problem (mixing of -distributions for different gas species). The evaluation of MSFSK parameters, however, is tedious and excludes the MSFSK method from practical applications. In this paper a new scheme of evaluating -distributions and overlap coefficients from a database of narrow-band -distributions is formulated, treating each gas specie as a single scale. The new scheme makes the MSFSK method efficient and convenient for practical applications, and ready to accommodate nongray absorbing particles (such as soot) in the medium. The method virtually eliminates errors caused by uncorrelatedness due to independently varying species concentrations. It was also found that, in addition, breaking up a gas mixture into gas scales reduces the error caused by temperature inhomogeneities. The mathematical development of the new scheme is described and validated; the concept and the implication of the overlap coefficient are discussed. Sample calculations for inhomogeneous media with step changes in species mole fraction and temperature are performed to demonstrate the accuracy of the new scheme by comparison with LBL calculations.
Narrow-Band Based Multiscale Full-Spectrum -Distribution Method for Radiative Transfer in Inhomogeneous Gas Mixtures
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Wang, L., and Modest, M. F. (December 7, 2004). "Narrow-Band Based Multiscale Full-Spectrum -Distribution Method for Radiative Transfer in Inhomogeneous Gas Mixtures." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. July 2005; 127(7): 740–748. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1925281
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