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The interaction between two spherical polymer brushes is studied by molecular dynamics simulation varying both the radius of the spherical particles and their distance, as well as the grafting density and the chain length of the end-grafted flexible polymer chains. A coarse-grained bead-spring model is used to describe the macromolecules, and purely(More)
Coarse-graining of chemical structure of macromolecules in the melt is investigated using extensive molecular dynamics simulation data which are based on a united atom force-field model of polybutadiene. Systematically increasing the number, n, of the united atoms approximated by an effective coarse-grained monomer, we study the influence of degree of(More)
Monte Carlo simulations are presented for a coarse-grained model of real quadrupolar fluids. Molecules are represented by particles interacting with Lennard-Jones forces plus the thermally averaged quadrupole-quadrupole interaction. The properties discussed include the vapor-liquid coexistence curve, the vapor pressure along coexistence, and the surface(More)
We present a coarse-graining procedure for homopolymer melts mapping intra- as well as inter-molecular interactions from a chemically realistic united atom description to a bead-spring type molecular model. On the coarse-grained level the repeat units interact through bond-length and bond angle potentials and a non-bonded Lennard-Jones type interaction. The(More)
The prediction of the equation of state and the phase behavior of simple fluids (noble gases, carbon dioxide, benzene, methane, and short alkane chains) and their mixtures by Monte Carlo computer simulation and analytic approximations based on thermodynamic perturbation theory is discussed. Molecules are described by coarse grained models, where either the(More)
The recently developed perturbed-chain statistical-associating-fluid theory (PC-SAFT) is investigated for a wide range of model parameters including the parameter m representing the chain length and the thermodynamic temperature T and pressure p. This approach is based upon the first-order thermodynamic perturbation theory for chain molecules developed by(More)
Employing Molecular Dynamics simulations of a chemically realistic model of 1,4-polybutadiene between graphite walls we show that the mass exchange between layers close to the walls is a slow process already in the melt state. For the glass transition of confined polymers this process competes with the slowing down due to packing effects and intramolecular(More)
As a generic model system of an asymmetric binary-fluid mixture, hexadecane dissolved in carbon dioxide is considered, using a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the short polymer, and a simple spherical particle with Lennard-Jones interactions for the carbon dioxide molecules. In previous work, it has been shown that this model reproduces the real phase(More)
Employing simplified models in computer simulation is on the one hand often enforced by computer time limitations but on the other hand it offers insights into the molecular properties determining a given physical phenomenon. We employ this strategy to the determination of the phase behavior of quadrupolar fluids, where we study the influence of omitting(More)