Effective viscosity of confined hydrocarbons

Ion Marius Sivebæk, V.N. Samoilov, B.N.J. Persson

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Abstract

We present molecular dynamics friction calculations for confined hydrocarbon films with molecular lengths from 20 to 1400 carbon atoms. We find that the logarithm of the effective viscosity ηeff for nanometer-thin films depends linearly on the logarithm of the shear rate: log ηeff=C-nlog γ̇, where n varies from 1 (solidlike friction) at very low temperatures to 0 (Newtonian liquid) at very high temperatures, following an inverse sigmoidal curve. Only the shortest chain molecules melt, whereas the longer ones only show a softening in the studied temperature interval 0
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume108
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)036102
ISSN0031-9007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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