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Rarefication effects on jet impingement loads are studied by comparing recent new formulas at the collisionless flow limit and numerical simulations. The jet exit size is finite, and can be either planar or round. In the simulations, the jets have different degrees of rarefication, with a Knudsen (Kn) number ranging from 0 to infinity; i.e., the jet flows can be continuum, collisional, or collisionless. The comparison results indicate that (1) the new surface load formulas are accurate at the collisionless flow limit; (2) in general, the formulas offer upper limits for the peak loads; (3) however, it is improper to assert that local loads always decrease. The new formulas can offer fast estimations of impingement loads. This may be quite helpful for applications in space engineering by significantly reducing the amount of simulations and experiment costs. Those expressions explicitly include non-dimensional parameters, and their contribution and influence on the loads can be studied in a systematic manner (e.g., with a swift parameter study).

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