Determination of pressure-viscosity relation of 2,2,4-trimethylhexane by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations

MAG Cunha and MO Robbins, FLUID PHASE EQUILIBRIA, 495, 28-32 (2019).

DOI: 10.1016/j.fluid.2019.05.008

The Newtonian viscosity of 2,2,4-trimethylhexane at 293 K is determined at pressures from 0.1 MPa to 1000 MPa. Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are performed using AIREBO-M, an all atom potential for hydrocarbons especially parameterized for high pressures. The steady-state shear stress and viscosity are determined from simple shear simulations at rates between 10(7) and 5.10(9) s(-1). At low pressures, simulation rates are low enough to reach the Newtonian regime. At high pressures, results are extrapolated to the Newtonian limit by fitting rate-dependent viscosities to Eyring theory. The variation of viscosity with pressure has an inflection point that is common for small molecules. Deviations from experiment are less than 40%. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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