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Multi-particle collision dynamics algorithm for nematic fluids

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Research on transport, self-assembly and defect dynamics within confined, flowing liquid crystals requires versatile and computationally efficient mesoscopic algorithms to account for fluctuating nematohydrodynamic interactions. We present a multi-particle collision dynamics (MPCD) based algorithm to simulate liquid-crystal hydrodynamic and director fields in two and three dimensions. The nematic-MPCD method is shown to successfully reproduce the features of a nematic liquid crystal, including a nematic-isotropic phase transition with hysteresis in 3D, defect dynamics, isotropic Frank elastic coefficients, tumbling and shear alignment regimes and boundary condition-dependent order parameter fields.

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10 Apr 2015
26 May 2015
First published
26 May 2015

Soft Matter, 2015,11, 5101-5110
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Multi-particle collision dynamics algorithm for nematic fluids

T. N. Shendruk and J. M. Yeomans, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 5101
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM00839E

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