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Title: Hybrid molecular-continuum simulations using smoothed dissipative particle dynamics

Abstract

We present a new multiscale simulation methodology for coupling a region with atomistic detail simulated via molecular dynamics (MD) to a numerical solution of the fluctuating Navier-Stokes equations obtained from smoothed dissipative particle dynamics (SDPD). In this approach, chemical potential gradients emerge due to differences in resolution within the total system and are reduced by introducing a pairwise thermodynamic force inside the buffer region between the two domains where particles change from MD to SDPD types. When combined with a multi-resolution SDPD approach, such as the one proposed by Kulkarni et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 138, 234105 (2013)], this method makes it possible to systematically couple atomistic models to arbitrarily coarse continuum domains modeled as SDPD fluids with varying resolution. We test this technique by showing that it correctly reproduces thermodynamic properties across the entire simulation domain for a simple Lennard-Jones fluid. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this approach is also suitable for non-equilibrium problems by applying it to simulations of the start up of shear flow. The robustness of the method is illustrated with two different flow scenarios in which shear forces act in directions parallel and perpendicular to the interface separating the continuum and atomistic domains. In both cases,more » we obtain the correct transient velocity profile. We also perform a triple-scale shear flow simulation where we include two SDPD regions with different resolutions in addition to a MD domain, illustrating the feasibility of a three-scale coupling.« less

Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106-5080 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22416032
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; COUPLING; EQUILIBRIUM; FLUIDS; HYBRIDIZATION; INTERFACES; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; NAVIER-STOKES EQUATIONS; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; PARTICLES; POTENTIALS; RESOLUTION; SHEAR; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; TRANSIENTS; VELOCITY

Citation Formats

Petsev, Nikolai D., Leal, L. Gary, and Shell, M. Scott. Hybrid molecular-continuum simulations using smoothed dissipative particle dynamics. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4905720.
Petsev, Nikolai D., Leal, L. Gary, & Shell, M. Scott. Hybrid molecular-continuum simulations using smoothed dissipative particle dynamics. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4905720.
Petsev, Nikolai D., Leal, L. Gary, and Shell, M. Scott. 2015. "Hybrid molecular-continuum simulations using smoothed dissipative particle dynamics". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4905720.
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abstractNote = {We present a new multiscale simulation methodology for coupling a region with atomistic detail simulated via molecular dynamics (MD) to a numerical solution of the fluctuating Navier-Stokes equations obtained from smoothed dissipative particle dynamics (SDPD). In this approach, chemical potential gradients emerge due to differences in resolution within the total system and are reduced by introducing a pairwise thermodynamic force inside the buffer region between the two domains where particles change from MD to SDPD types. When combined with a multi-resolution SDPD approach, such as the one proposed by Kulkarni et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 138, 234105 (2013)], this method makes it possible to systematically couple atomistic models to arbitrarily coarse continuum domains modeled as SDPD fluids with varying resolution. We test this technique by showing that it correctly reproduces thermodynamic properties across the entire simulation domain for a simple Lennard-Jones fluid. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this approach is also suitable for non-equilibrium problems by applying it to simulations of the start up of shear flow. The robustness of the method is illustrated with two different flow scenarios in which shear forces act in directions parallel and perpendicular to the interface separating the continuum and atomistic domains. In both cases, we obtain the correct transient velocity profile. We also perform a triple-scale shear flow simulation where we include two SDPD regions with different resolutions in addition to a MD domain, illustrating the feasibility of a three-scale coupling.},
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