Structure in confined fluids: Phase separation of binary simple liquid mixtures

Joan E. Curry, John H. Cushman

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One- to five-layer cyclohexane and octamethyltetracyclosiloxane (OMCTS) films confined between mica-like surfaces are studied to elucidate changes in the lattice type and composition of the films. Grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo computer simulations are used to study the laterally confined film. In contrast to previous studies, solid-like order is induced primarily by the strong fluid-solid interaction and is largely a function of pore width. Solid-like order within the layers causes the composition of the pore fluid to shift from the bulk composition, favoring either cyclohexane or OMCTS, depending on the pore width. A shift in the relative alignment of the surfaces perturbs the solid-like fluid structure but does not cause the sudden shear melting transition associated with epitaxial alignment of the fluid atoms with the surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Binary mixtures
  • Confined films
  • Monte Carlo computer simulation
  • Phase separation
  • Shear melting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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