A low-disturbance nonequilibrium molecular dynamics algorithm applied to the determination of thermal conductivities

FA Furtado and CRA Abreu and FW Tavares, AICHE JOURNAL, 61, 2881-2890 (2015).

DOI: 10.1002/aic.14803

A new nonequilibrium molecular dynamics algorithm is proposed for the determination of thermal conductivity and other transport properties. The proposed algorithm aims at diminishing the energy drift problem observed in this type of method while conserving linear momentum and being compatible with constrained molecules. The features of the proposed algorithm are evaluated by determining thermal conductivities of water at 323 K, n-octane at 300 K, and argon close to its triple point, and by comparing these results with those obtained using established methods. The analysis of systems presenting diverse molecular characteristics allowed us to assess the usefulness of the proposed algorithm. The energy drift and temperature variation were reduced in the range of 10-80%, depending on the parameters of the proposed algorithm and the characteristics of the system. The determined thermal conductivities showed good agreement when compared to experimental and simulation data. (c) 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 61: 2881-2890, 2015

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