The Time-Dependent Asymptotic PN Approximation for the Transport Equation

Re’em Harel, Stanislav Burov, Shay I. Heizler*

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Abstract

In this study, a spatio-temporal approach for the solution of the time-dependent Boltzmann (transport) equation is derived. Finding the exact solution using the Boltzmann equation for the general case is generally an open problem and approximate methods are usually used. One of the most common methods is the spherical harmonics method (the (Formula presented.) approximation), when the exact transport equation is replaced with a closed set of equations for the moments of the density with some closure assumption. Unfortunately, the classic (Formula presented.) closure yields poor results with low-order N in highly anisotropic problems. Specifically, the tails of the particles’ positional distribution as attained by the (Formula presented.) approximation are inaccurate compared to the true behavior. In this work, we present a derivation of a linear closure that even for low-order approximation yields a solution that is superior to the classical (Formula presented.) approximation. This closure is based on an asymptotic derivation both for space and time of the exact Boltzmann equation in infinite homogeneous media. We test this approximation with respect to the one-dimensional benchmark of the full Green function in infinite media. The convergence of the proposed approximation is also faster when compared to (classic or modified) (Formula presented.) approximation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)578-597
Number of pages20
JournalNuclear Science and Engineering
Volume195
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge the support of the PAZY Foundation under grant number 61139927. SIH wishes to dedicate this work to Piero Ravetto, who accompanied his work of transport theory over the last decade and actually gave the motivation to this work using a general N.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 American Nuclear Society.

Keywords

  • P approximation
  • Transport equation
  • asymptotic derivation
  • P-N approximation

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