We report a molecular dynamics simulation study on an ensemble of rod-like particles, each composed of nine soft spheres held rigidly along a line. We have calculated translational mean square displacements and velocity autocorrelation functions in the fluid phases exhibited by the model, i.e., smectic A, nematic and isotropic. These quantities have then been used to compute diffusion coefficients. In addition, we have calculated viscosities in the nematic and isotropic phases. Despite its crude nature, the model is capable of providing a faithful reproduction of many features of the transport behavior observed in real liquid-crystalline materials. The simulation results have been compared with the predictions of the modified affine transformation theory, finding only a fair agreement.
|Autori interni:||TANI, ALESSANDRO|
|Autori:||G. CINACCHI; L. DE GAETANI; TANI A|
|Titolo:||Diffusion and viscosity of a calamitic liquid crystal model studied by computer simulation|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1063/1.1895718|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|