Christiane Helzel, Bochum: A multiscale model for suspensions of rod-like molecules
Wednesday, 21.05.2008 16:15 im Raum M5
We study the Doi model for suspensions of rod-like molecules.
This model couples a microscopic Fokker-Planck type equation
(the Smoluchowski equation) to the macroscopic Stokes equation.
The Smoluchowski equation describes the evolution of the distribution of the
rod orientation; it comes as a drift-diffusion equation on the sphere at
every point in physical space. The macroscopic flow model is coupled to the
microscopic description of rod orientations via an elastic stress. The drift
term in the microscopic Smoluchowski equation depends on the macroscopic
velocity gradient of the flow. Besides the interaction of the rod--like
molecules with the flow an interaction between molecules is modeled.
The coupled flow problem shows interesting phenomena. We will in particular
discuss the spurt phenomena, which describes a sudden increase in the flow
rate at a critical stress. Furthermore, we will consider the sedimentation in
suspensions of rod-like molecules.
We investigate this multiscale model using numerical methods that are
based on an accurate approximation of the Smoluchowski equation. The
numerical method can be applied more general for the approximation of PDEs
on the sphere.
Angelegt am Wednesday, 09.04.2008 16:55 von Martin Burger
Geändert am Saturday, 17.05.2008 21:57 von Martin Burger
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