Molecular dynamics simulation of homogeneous nucleation in a Lennard-Jones liquid

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Examination of metastable states of fluids provides important information pertinent to cavitation and homogeneous nucleation. Homogeneous nucleation, in particular, is an important topic of research. Molecular Dynamics simulation is a well-endorsed method to simulate metastabilitites, as they are limited to mesoscopic scales of length and time and this life-time is essentially zero on a laboratory time scale. In the present study, a molecular dynamics code has been used in conjunction with MOLDY to investigate phase change in a Lennard-Jones liquid. The Lennard-Jones atoms were subjected to different temperatures at various number densities and the pressure was recorded for each case. The appearance of a change of phase is characterized by the formation of clusters or formation of voids as described by the radial distribution function. Copyright © 2008 by ASME.

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ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings