We adapt stochastic rotation dynamics, a mesoscopic computer simulation method, to colloidal suspensions, making sure length- and time-scales are carefully separated to generate the correct coarsegrained physical properties. This allows us to study the interplay between hydrodynamic and Brownian fluctuations during steadystate sedimentation of hard sphere particles for Peclet numbers (Pe) ranging from 0.1 to 15. Even when the hydrodynamic interactions are an order of magnitude weaker than Brownian forces, they still induce backflow effects that dominate the reduction of the average sedimentation velocity with increasing particle packing fraction. Velocity fluctuations, on the other hand, begin to show nonequilibrium hydrodynamic character for Pe > 1.
|Journal||European biophysics journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||6th European Biophysics Congress, EBSA 2007 - London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 14 Jul 2007 → 19 Jul 2007
Conference number: 6