Volume 2, Issue 6
Dynamics of Defect Motion in Nematic Liquid Crystal Flow: Modeling and Numerical Simulation

C. Liu and J. Shen & X. Yang

Commun. Comput. Phys., 2 (2007), pp. 1184-1198.

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  • Abstract

The annihilation of ahedgehog-antihedgehog pairinhydrodynamicsof(elastically isotropic) nematic liquid crystal materials is modeled using the Erickson-Leslie theory which results in a nonlinear system for the flow velocity field and liquid crystal director field coupled through the transport of the directional order parameter and the induced elasticstress. Anefficientand accuratenumericalscheme is presentedandimplemented for this coupled nonlinear system in an axi-symmetric domain. Numerical simulations of annihilation of a hedgehog-antihedgehog pair with different types of transport are presented. In particular, it is shown that the stretching parameter in the transport equation contributes to the symmetry breaking of the pair’s moving speed during the dynamics of annihilation. 

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Published online: 2007-02

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