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Dissipative Particle Dynamics, Overview

  • Xuejin Li
  • Zhen Li
  • Xin Bian
  • Mingge Deng
  • Changho Kim
  • Yu-Hang Tang
  • Alireza Yazdani
  • George Em KarniadakisEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_100954-1



Dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) is a stochastic mesoscopic simulation technique that describes clusters of molecules moving together in a Lagrangian fashion subject to simplified pairwise conservative, dissipative and random forces.


Natural systems can be described at different scales based on both spatial and temporal size. In general, there are three different scales, i.e., micro-, meso-, and macroscales. A microscopic event occurs at nanometers in length and nanoseconds in time or, even less, governed by quantum mechanics or classical laws. Macroscale describes physical objects or phenomena that are measurable and visible directly with the naked eye, and thus, the mean free path of molecules is far smaller than the characteristic length of the geometry. A macroscopic event is usually described by continuum partial differential equations...


Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Dissipative Particle Dynamic Amphiphilic Molecule Dissipative Particle Dynamic Simulation 
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  • Xuejin Li
    • 1
  • Zhen Li
    • 1
  • Xin Bian
    • 1
  • Mingge Deng
    • 1
  • Changho Kim
    • 1
  • Yu-Hang Tang
    • 1
  • Alireza Yazdani
    • 1
  • George Em Karniadakis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Applied MathematicsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA