Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2014
- DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
4(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/2.1402201View Description Hide Description
The unified gas-kinetic scheme (UGKS) is presented and used in this letter to study the slider air bearing problem. The UGKS solutions are first validated by comparison with direct simulation Monte Carlo results. After validation, the UGKS is used to study the air-bearing problem under different non-equilibrium conditions. On the surface of the slider, the dependency of the gas pressure and normal force on the Mach and Knudsen numbers are fully evaluated. The non-equilibrium effect on the force loading in the whole transition regime up to the free molecular limit is also studied.