An Event-Driven Hybrid Molecular Dynamics and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Algorithm

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A novel algorithm is developed for the simulation of polymer chains suspended in a solvent. The polymers are represented as chains of hard spheres tethered by square wells and interact with the solvent particles with hard core potentials. The algorithm uses event-driven molecular dynamics (MD) for the simulation of the polymer chain and the interactions between the chain beads and the surrounding solvent particles. The interactions between the solvent particles themselves are not treated deterministically as in event-driven algorithms, rather, the momentum and energy exchange in the solvent is determined stochastically using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. The ... continued below

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Donev, A; Garcia, A L & Alder, B J July 30, 2007.

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A novel algorithm is developed for the simulation of polymer chains suspended in a solvent. The polymers are represented as chains of hard spheres tethered by square wells and interact with the solvent particles with hard core potentials. The algorithm uses event-driven molecular dynamics (MD) for the simulation of the polymer chain and the interactions between the chain beads and the surrounding solvent particles. The interactions between the solvent particles themselves are not treated deterministically as in event-driven algorithms, rather, the momentum and energy exchange in the solvent is determined stochastically using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. The coupling between the solvent and the solute is consistently represented at the particle level, however, unlike full MD simulations of both the solvent and the solute, the spatial structure of the solvent is ignored. The algorithm is described in detail and applied to the study of the dynamics of a polymer chain tethered to a hard wall subjected to uniform shear. The algorithm closely reproduces full MD simulations with two orders of magnitude greater efficiency. Results do not confirm the existence of periodic (cycling) motion of the polymer chain.

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  • Journal Name: Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 227, no. 4, February 1, 2008, pp. 2644-2665; Journal Volume: 227; Journal Issue: 4

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JRNL-233235
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 942049
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc899250

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Donev, A; Garcia, A L & Alder, B J. An Event-Driven Hybrid Molecular Dynamics and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Algorithm, article, July 30, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc899250/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.