DSMC implementation of MD/QCT generated energy distributions for SO2 + O collisions

Neal Parsons, Deborah A. Levin

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The unique atmospheric conditions on the Jovian moon Io, ranging from cold surface temperatures to hyperthermal interactions with the Jovian plasma torus, make it of significant scientific interest. Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) is typically used to model the rarefied Ionian atmosphere. Collisions between SO2 and O are a dominant mechanism in the composition of the atmosphere. However, the accuracy of existing DSMC models in determining molecular internal energy distributions is unknown. As such, Molecular Dynamics/Quasi-Classical Trajectory (MD/QCT) studies are conducted to generate energy distributions for collisions between SO2 and O. These distributions are presented and compared to common existing DSMC models and it is found that the MD/QCT-based distributions may present an improvement. Then, an approach for sampling from the new MD/QCT-based distributions in DSMC is developed. DSMC simulations are conducted for a 0-D heat bath with thermal non-equilibrium and a 2-D counter flow with conditions similar to Io to examine the effect of the new MD/QCT energy distributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Sep 11 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 27 2013


Other44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Parsons, N., & Levin, D. A. (2013). DSMC implementation of MD/QCT generated energy distributions for SO2 + O collisions. Paper presented at 44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.