Fick Diffusion Coefficients via Molecular Dynamics: An Alternative Approach in the Fourier Domain

24 July 2020, Version 1
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Mutual diffusion coefficient data are required for several systems of scientific and engineering interest to properly describe mass transport phenomena over a wide range of pressures, temperatures, and compositions. In this work, we calculated Fick diffusion coefficients for some CO2+n-alkane mixtures at high pressures using a new method, which we derived by introducing modifications to the Fourier Correlation Method (FCM) originally proposed by Nichols and Wheeler [I&EC Research, 54, 12156–12164 (2015)]. The modified FCM (mFCM) results were validated through comparisons with experimental data and with Fick coefficients calculated by employing well-established Molecular Dynamics methodologies. The new approach has some interesting advantages, such as providing Fick coefficients for molecular systems directly through a single equilibrium calculation, in contrast to traditional methods in which an extra calculation is needed to obtain the so-called thermodynamic factor. It is shown that the new approach considerably reduces the finite-size effect of the simulation box on the calculated diffusion coefficients, which are thus obtained in the thermodynamic limit.


Fick Diffusion Coefficients
Molecular Dynamics data
carbon dioxide (CO2)


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