Direct numerical simulation of the self-propelled Janus particle: use of grid-refined fluctuating lattice Boltzmann method

  • Li Chen
  • Chenyu Mo
  • Lihong Wang
  • Haihang CuiEmail author
Research Paper
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. 2018 International Conference of Microfluidics, Nanofluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip, Beijing, China


The study of the microscopic propelling mechanism of anisotropic Janus particles often involves the analysis of motion at multi-time scale. In this paper, an efficient method is developed for directly simulating the motion of non-equilibrium particles to resolve the issue of requiring large computational resources to simulate the complex multi-time scale motion of Janus particles. We combined fluctuating lattice Boltzmann method and grid-refinement technology to simulate spherical and cylindrical Janus particles, and compared their motion characteristics with experimental results at multi-time scales, which proved that the method is efficient and feasible. This simulation method can also be applied to more complex active particle motion systems.


Self-propelled motion Brownian motion Janus particle Anisotropy particle Fluctuating lattice Boltzmann method Grid-refined technique 



This study is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11602187 and 11447133), the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (2016JQ1008 and 2018JM1029).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chenyu Mo
    • 1
  • Lihong Wang
    • 1
  • Haihang Cui
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Building Services Science and EngineeringXi’an University of Architecture and TechnologyXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institue of Mechanics and TechnologyXi’an University of Architecture and TechnologyXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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