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Multiparticle collision dynamics for ferrofluids

Ilg, P. ORCID: (2022) Multiparticle collision dynamics for ferrofluids. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 156 (14). ISSN 0021-9606

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Detailed studies of the intriguing field-dependent dynamics and transport properties of confined flowing ferrofluids require efficient mesoscopic simulation methods that account for fluctuating ferrohydrodynamics. Here, we propose such a new mesoscopic model for the dynamics and flow of ferrofluids, where we couple the multi-particle collision dynamics method as a solver for the fluctuating hydrodynamics equations to the stochastic magnetization dynamics of suspended magnetic nanoparticles. This hybrid model is validated by reproducing the magnetoviscous effect in Poiseuille flow, obtaining the rotational viscosity in quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions. We also illustrate the new method for the benchmark problem of flow around a square cylinder. Interestingly, we observe that the length of the recirculation region is increased whereas the drag coefficient is decreased in ferrofluids when an external magnetic field is applied, compared with the field-free case at the same effective Reynolds number. The presence of thermal fluctuations and the flexibility of this particle-based mesoscopic method provides a promising tool to investigate a broad range of flow phenomena of magnetic fluids and could also serve as an efficient way to simulate solvent effects when colloidal particles are immersed in ferrofluids.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code:104351
Publisher:American Institute of Physics


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