Dissipative Particle Dynamics Approach to Nematic Polymers
We discuss a Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) approach to simulate oligomers and polymeric chains with nematic mesophases. Definition of mesogenic units are discussed, based either on semi-rigid units with standard DPD beads interacting only via soft repulsive potentials and linked by harmonic springs or on corrected DPD potentials including an orienting term between adjacent couples of beads. In the first case oriented phases are presented for systems made of single free semi-rigid units and, as an example of main-chain flexible liquid crystal polymer, by three linked semi-rigid units. In the second case an example of switching system is discussed, in the presence of an external potential.
KeywordsMonte Carlo Dissipative Particle Dynamic Liquid Crystal Polymer Dissipative Particle Dynamic Simulation Mesogenic Unit
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