Kayaking and wagging of rigid rod-like colloids in shear flow

Yu-Guo Tao

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    In this thesis we report on Brownian dynamics simulations of colloidal suspensions of rigid spherocylinders in shear flow. A widely investigated topic, rod-like liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in the nematic phase arouse much scientific interest, both theoretically and experimentally, not only due to the spectacular collective orientational motions that these systems perform under shear but also due to the peculiar rheological properties compared to those of the isotropic phase. The goal of our study is to simulate and to understand the dynamical and rheological behavior exhibited in shear flow. Our simulated systems are based on the fd virus, because this slightly flexible nearly monodisperse biopolymer is considered a convenient experimental representative for a rigid rod-like particle.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Briels, W.J., Supervisor
    • den Otter, W.K., Co-Supervisor
    Award date12 May 2006
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Print ISBNs9789036523561
    Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2006


    • METIS-233732
    • IR-55984

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