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Application of the dissipative particle dynamics method to magnetic colloidal dispersions

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JournalMolecular Physics: An International Journal at the Interface Between Chemistry and Physics
DatePublished - 2006
Issue number20-21
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)3287-3302
Original languageEnglish


The validity of the application of the dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method to ferromagnetic colloidal dispersions has been investigated by conducting DPD simulations for a two-dimensional system. First, the interaction between dissipative and magnetic particles has been idealized as some model potentials, and DPD simulations have been carried out using such model potentials for a two magnetic particle system. In these simulations, attention has been focused on the collision time for the two particles approaching each other and touching from an initially separated position, and such collision time has been evaluated for various cases of mass and diameter of dissipative particles and model parameters, which are included in defining the equation of motion of dissipative particles. Next, a multi-particle system of magnetic particles has been treated, and particle aggregates have been evaluated, together with the pair correlation function along an applied magnetic field direction. Such characteristics of aggregate structures have been compared with the results of Monte Carlo and Brownian dynamics simulations in order to clarify the validity of the application of the DPD method to particle dispersion systems. The present simulation results have clearly shown that DPD simulations with the model interaction potential presented here give rise to physically reasonable aggregate structures under circumstances of strong magnetic particle-particle interactions as well as a strong external magnetic field, since these aggregate structures are in good agreement with those of Monte Carlo and Brownian dynamics simulations.

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