Molecular Dynamics Simulation on thermodynamic and Structural Properties of Liquid Hydrocarbons : Normal Alkanes

  • Im, Won-Pil (Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University) ;
  • Won, Young-Do (Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University)
  • Published : 1994.10.20


A series of aliphatic hydrocarbons, methane to hexane in the liquid state, are modeled with the molecular mechanical potential parameters treating all hydrogen degrees of freedom explicitly. Thermodynamic properties (heat capacities and heats of vaporization) are calculated from relatively short (20ps) molecular dynamics trajectories. The liquid state structures are also examined through various radial distribution functions. Molecular dynamics simulations reproduce experimentally measured properties within a few percent errors, thus indicate that the present set of all-hydrogen parameters is suitable for simulating macromolecular systems in bulk.



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