Using molecular dynamics simulations, we study the motion of a closely fitting nanometer-size solid sphere in a fluid-filled cylindrical nanochannel at low Reynolds numbers. At early times, when the particle is close to the middle of the tube, its velocity is in agreement with continuum calculations, despite large thermal fluctuations. At later times, partially wetting fluids exhibit novel adsorption phenomena: the sphere meanders away from the center of the tube and adsorbs onto the wall, and subsequently either sticks to the wall and remains motionless on average, or separates slightly from the tube wall and then either slips parallel to the mean flow or executes an intermittent stick-slip motion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy