An important aspect of constructing discrete velocity models (DVMs) for the Boltzmann equation is to obtain the right number of collision invariants. Unlike for the Boltzmann equation, for DVMs there can appear extra collision invariants, so called spurious collision invariants, in plus to the physical ones. A DVM with only physical collision invariants, and hence, without spurious ones, is called normal. The construction of such normal DVMs has been studied a lot in the literature for single species, but also for binary mixtures and recently extensively for multicomponent mixtures. In this paper, we address ways of constructing normal DVMs for polyatomic molecules (here represented by that each molecule has an internal energy, to account for non-translational energies, which can change during collisions), under the assumption that the set of allowed internal energies are finite. We present general algorithms for constructing such models, but we also give concrete examples of such constructions. This approach can also be combined with similar constructions of multicomponent mixtures to obtain multicomponent mixtures with polyatomic molecules, which is also briefly outlined. Then also, chemical reactions can be added.

We consider a non-linear half-space problem related to the condensation problem for the discrete Boltzmann equation and extend some known results for a single-component gas to the case when a non-condensable gas is present. The vapor is assumed to tend to an assigned Maxwellian at infinity, as the non-condensable gas tends to zero at infinity. We assume that the vapor is completely absorbed and that the non-condensable gas is diffusively reflected at the condensed phase and that the vapor molecules leaving the condensed phase are distributed according to a given distribution. The conditions, on the given distribution, needed for the existence of a unique solution of the problem are investigated. We also find exact solvability conditions and solutions for a simplified six+four-velocity model, as the given distribution is a Maxwellian at rest, and study a simplified twelve+six-velocitymodel.

We study typical half-space problems of rarefied gas dynamics, including the problems of Milne and Kramer, for a general discrete model of a quantum kinetic equation for excitations in a Bose gas. In the discrete case the plane stationary quantum kinetic equation reduces to a system of ordinary differential equations. These systems are studied close to equilibrium and are proved to have the same structure as corresponding systems for the discrete Boltzmann equation. Then a classification of well-posed half-space problems for the homogeneous, as well as the inhomogeneous, linearized discrete kinetic equation can be made. The number of additional conditions that need to be imposed for well-posedness is given by some characteristic numbers. These characteristic numbers are calculated for discrete models axially symmetric with respect to the x-axis. When the characteristic numbers change is found in the discrete as well as the continuous case. As an illustration explicit solutions are found for a small-sized model.

An important aspect of constructing discrete velocity models (DVMs) for the Boltzmann equation is to obtain the right number of collision invariants. It is a well-known fact that DVMs can also have extra collision invariants, so called spurious collision invariants, in plus to the physical ones. A DVM with only physical collision invariants, and so without spurious ones, is called normal. For binary mixtures also the concept of supernormal DVMs was introduced, meaning that in addition to the DVM being normal, the restriction of the DVM to any single species also is normal. Here we introduce generalizations of this concept to DVMs for multicomponent mixtures. We also present some general algorithms for constructing such models and give some concrete examples of such constructions. One of our main results is that for any given number of species, and any given rational mass ratios we can construct a supernormal DVM. The DVMs are constructed in such a way that for half-space problems, as the Milne and Kramers problems, but also nonlinear ones, we obtain similar structures as for the classical discrete Boltzmann equation for one species, and therefore we can apply obtained results for the classical Boltzmann equation.