Real-time temperature measurement in stochastic rotation dynamics

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Many physical and chemical processes involve energy change with rates that depend sensitively on local temperature. Important examples include heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and activated desorption. Because of the multiscale nature of such systems, it is desirable to connect the macroscopic world of continuous hydrodynamic and temperature fields to mesoscopic particle-based simulations with discrete particle events. In this work we show how to achieve real-time measurement of the local temperature in stochastic rotation dynamics (SRD), a mesoscale method particularly well suited for problems involving hydrodynamic flows with thermal fluctuations. We employ ensemble averaging to achieve local temperature measurement in dynamically changing environments. After validation by heat diffusion between two isothermal plates, heating of walls by a hot strip, and by temperature programed desorption, we apply the method to a case of a model flow reactor with temperature-sensitive heterogeneously catalyzed reactions on solid spherical catalysts. In this model, adsorption, chemical reactions, and desorption are explicitly tracked on the catalyst surface. This work opens the door for future projects where SRD is used to couple hydrodynamic flows and thermal fluctuations to solids with complex temperature-dependent surface mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034124
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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