A simulation technique for many spheres in quasi-static motion under frame-invariant pair drag and Brownian forces
Ball, Robin and Melrose, John R.. (1997) A simulation technique for many spheres in quasi-static motion under frame-invariant pair drag and Brownian forces. Physica A: Statistical and Theoretical Physics, Vol.247 (No.1-4). pp. 444-472. ISSN 0378-4371Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-4371(97)00412-3
We report on details of a simulation technique for particles under quasi-static motion determined by a balance of conservative and dissipative interactions acting at the pair level. We develop frame-invariant and linear viscous interactions between pairs of translating and rotating spheres in a form suitable for computation. We report an o(N) method for generating Brownian forces correlated with a pair resistance tensor and show how explicit finite difference schemes lead naturally to an algorithm with Brownian motion and an estimate of the Brownian stress. We justify the algorithm by appeal to the second-order Langevin equation. We discuss the choice of time step and imposition of boundary conditions. We assess a model of this kind as an approximation for colloid spheres concentrated in a fluid medium under shear flow. It is noted that the algorithm is also that required for simulation, in the diffusive limit, of a technique known as dissipative particle dynamics. We report on structural effects in Brownian sphere colloids and their sensitivity to the model details. We argue that the approximation has heuristic value in the study of the rheology in concentrated colloid systems. Its predictions for the rheology of suspensions are in semi-quantitative agreement with experiment.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Simulation methods, Brownian movements, Colloids, Rheology, Hydrodynamics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Physica A: Statistical and Theoretical Physics|
|Publisher:||Elsevier BV * North-Holland|
|Page Range:||pp. 444-472|
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