A Mesoscopic Model with Vectorial Structure Parameter for Interacting Star Polymers

Barry W. Fitzgerald* (Corresponding Author), Wim J. Briels

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An updated mesoscopic model for transient forces between two star polymers is presented. Calculation of the transient forces is based on the response of a vectorial structure parameter between two star polymers and differs from previous models that used a scalar structure parameter. The update of the model is motivated by the occurrence of two distinct processes in previous small-scale simulations of two star polymers moving past each other. A simple model that takes these processes into account turns out to fit into an obvious generalization of the RaPiD model introduced by us some time ago. The model reproduces forces from the simulation quite well, and at the same time removes an unphysical feature of the RaPiD model used so far.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700069
JournalMacromolecular theory and simulations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Mesoscopic model
  • Polymers
  • RaPiD
  • Topological constraints
  • Coarse graining
  • mesoscopic model
  • topological constraints
  • coarse graining
  • polymers


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