Decane under shear: A molecular dynamics study using reversible NVT-SLLOD and NPT-SLLOD algorithms

Christopher J. Mundy, Ilja Siepmann, Michael L. Klein

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Abstract

In a recent article [J. Chem. Phys. 102, 3376 (1995)] molecular dynamics (MD) was used to calculate the shear viscosity of liquid n-decane using an intermolecular potential that reproduces the liquid-vapor coexistence as well as the critical temperature. Semi-quantitative agreement with experiment was obtained. To further test the model, n-decane is examined under shear using reversible nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) in both the isothermal-isobaric (NPT) and the canonical (NVT) ensembles. The algorithm proposed herein, for studying a molecular system, is an atomic version of the so-called SLLOD algorithm originally introduced by Edberg, Evans, and Morriss [J. Chem. Phys. 84, 6933 (1986)]. Results obtained by Daivis and Evans [J. Chem. Phys. 100, 541 (1994)] indicating the disappearance of a high shear-rate (γ) thickening regime when the simulations are performed in the NPT ensemble are corroborated. The "plateau" region, where the viscosity is essentially independent of shear-rate, γ is examined in detail in order to interpolate back to the Green-Kubo value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10192-10200
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume103
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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