Stress response and structural transitions in sheared gyroidal and lamellar amphiphilic mesophases: lattice-Boltzmann simulations

N. González-Segredo, J.D.R. Harting, G. Giupponi, P.V. Coveney

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

16 Citations (Scopus)
137 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

We report on the stress response of gyroidal and lamellar amphiphilic mesophases to steady shear simulated using a bottom-up lattice-Boltzmann model for amphiphilic fluids and sliding periodic (Lees-Edwards) boundary conditions. We study the gyroid per se (above the sponge-gyroid transition, of high crystallinity) and the molten gyroid (within such a transition, of shorter-range order). We find that both mesophases exhibit shear thinning, more pronounced and at lower strain rates for the molten gyroid. At late times after the onset of shear, the skeleton of the crystalline gyroid becomes a structure of interconnected irregular tubes and toroidal rings, mostly oriented along the velocity ramp imposed by the shear, in contradistinction with free-energy Langevin-diffusion studies which yield a much simpler structure of disentangled tubes. We also compare the shear stress and deformation of lamellar mesophases with and without amphiphile when subjected to the same shear flow applied normal to the lamellae. We find that the presence of amphiphile allows (a) the shear stress at late times to be higher than in the case without amphiphile, and (b) the formation of rich patterns on the sheared interface, characterized by alternating regions of high and low curvature. © 2006 The American Physical Society
Original languageEnglish
Article number031503
Pages (from-to)031503-1/12
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Stress response and structural transitions in sheared gyroidal and lamellar amphiphilic mesophases: lattice-Boltzmann simulations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this