Boundary Layers and Incompressible Navier-Stokes-Fourier Limit of the Boltzmann Equation in Bounded Domain I

Ning Jiang, Nader Masmoudi

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We establish the incompressible Navier-Stokes-Fourier limit for solutions to the Boltzmann equation with a general cutoff collision kernel in a bounded domain. Appropriately scaled families of DiPerna-Lions(-Mischler) renormalized solutions with Maxwell reflection boundary conditions are shown to have fluctuations that converge as the Knudsen number goes to 0. Every limit point is a weak solution to the Navier-Stokes-Fourier system with different types of boundary conditions depending on the ratio between the accommodation coefficient and the Knudsen number. The main new result of the paper is that this convergence is strong in the case of the Dirichlet boundary condition. Indeed, we prove that the acoustic waves are damped immediately; namely, they are damped in a boundary layer in time. This damping is due to the presence of viscous and kinetic boundary layers in space. As a consequence, we also justify the first correction to the infinitesimal Maxwellian that one obtains from the Chapman-Enskog expansion with Navier-Stokes scaling. This extends the work of Golse and Saint-Raymond [20,21] and Levermore and Masmoudi [28] to the case of a bounded domain. The case of a bounded domain was considered by Masmoudi and Saint-Raymond [34] for the linear Stokes-Fourier limit and Saint-Raymond [41] for the Navier-Stokes limit for hard potential kernels. Neither [34] nor [41] studied the damping of the acoustic waves. This paper extends the result of [34,41] to the nonlinear case and includes soft potential kernels. More importantly, for the Dirichlet boundary condition, this work strengthens the convergence so as to make the boundary layer visible. This answers an open problem proposed by Ukai [46].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-171
Number of pages82
JournalCommunications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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