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Stokesian Dynamics

Brady, John F. and Bossis, Georges (1988) Stokesian Dynamics. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 20 . pp. 111-157. ISSN 0066-4189. doi:10.1146/annurev.fl.20.010188.000551.

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Particles suspended or dispersed in a fluid medium occur in a wide variety of natural and man-made settings, e.g. slurries, composite materials, ceramics, colloids, polymers, proteins, etc. The central theoretical and practical problem is to understand and predict the macroscopic equilibrium and transport properties of these multiphase materials from their microstructural mechanics. The macroscopic properties might be the sedimentation or aggregation rate, self-diffusion coefficient, thermal conductivity, or rheology of a suspension of particles. The microstructural mechanics entails the Brownian, interparticle, external, and hydrodynamic forces acting on the particles, as well as their spatial and temporal distribution, which is commonly referred to as the microstructure. If the distribution of particles were given, as well as the location and motion of any boundaries and the physical properties of the particles and suspending fluid, one would simply have to solve (in principle, not necessarily in practice) a well-posed boundary-value problem to determine the behavior of the material. Averaging this solution over a large volume or over many different configurations, the macroscopic or averaged properties could be determined. The two key steps in this approach, the solution of the many-body problem and the determination of the microstructure, are formidable but essential tasks for understanding suspension behavior. This article discusses a new, molecular-dynamics-like approach, which we have named Stokesian dynamics, for dynamically simulating the behavior of many particles suspended or dispersed in a fluid medium. Particles in suspension may interact through both hydrodynamic and nonhydrodynamic forces, where the latter may be any type of Brownian, colloidal, interparticle, or external force. The simulation method is capable of predicting both static (i.e. configuration-specific) and dynamic microstructural properties, as well as macroscopic properties in either dilute or concentrated systems. Applications of Stokesian dynamics are widespread; problems of sedimentation, flocculation, diffusion, polymer rheology, and transport in porous media all fall within its domain. Stokesian dynamics is designed to provide the same theoretical and computational basis for multiphase, dispersed systems as does molecular dynamics for statistical theories of matter. This review focuses on the simulation method, not on the areas in which Stokesian dynamics can be used. For a discussion of some of these many different areas, the reader is referred to the excellent reviews and proceedings of topical conferences that have appeared (e.g. Batchelor 1976a, Dickinson 1983, Faraday Discussions 1983, 1987, Family & Landau 1984). Before embarking on a description of Stokesian dynamics, we pause here to discuss some of the relevant theoretical literature on suspensions, and dynamic simulation in general, in order to put Stokesian dynamics in perspective.

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Additional Information:"Reprinted, with permission, from the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 20 copyright 1988 by Annual Reviews," We would like to thank our colleagues L. Durlofsky, R. Phillips, and J. Lester, who helped develop the Stokesian-dynamics simulation method with us. Financial support for this work has come from several sources: in France through the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Centre de Calcul Vectoriel pour la Recherche, and in the United States through the Monsanto Company, the National Science Foundation (CBT-8451597, CBT-8696067, and INT-8413695), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the NSF-sponsored San Diego Supercomputer Center.
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