Uhlenbeck-Ford model

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The Uhlenbeck-Ford model (UFM) was originally proposed by G. Uhlenbeck and G. Ford [1] for the theoretical study of imperfect gases. This model is characterized by an ultrasoft, purely repulsive pairwise interaction potential that diverges logarithmically at the origin and features an energy scale that coincides with the thermal energy unit k_B T where k_B is the Boltzmman constant and T the absolute temperature. The particular functional form of the potential permits, in principle, that the virial coeffcients and, therefore, the equation of state and excess free energies for the fluid phase be evaluated analytically. A recent study [2] showed that this model can be used as a reference system for fluid-phase free-energy calculations.


Functional form

The Uhlenbeck-Ford model is given by :

U_{\rm UF}(r) =  - \frac{p}{\beta} \ln \left(1-e^{-(r/\sigma)^2}  \right)

where

  • p > 0 is a scaling factor;
  •  \beta \equiv (k_B T)^{-1} is the well depth (energy);
  • r =|\mathbf{r}_1 - \mathbf{r}_2| is the interparticle distance;
  •  \sigma is a length-scale parameter.

Equation of state

The equation of state for the UFM fluid using virial expansion has recently been studied by Paula Leite, Freitas, Azevedo and de Koning [2] and is given by

\beta bP_{\rm UF}(x,p) = x + \sum_{n=2}^{\infty} \tilde{B}_n(p) \,x^n,

where

  • P_{\rm UF}(x,p) is the system pressure;
  • b \equiv \frac{1}{2}(\pi\sigma^2)^{3/2} is a constant;
  • x \equiv b\rho is an adimensional variable;
  • \tilde{B}_n(p) \equiv B_n(p)/b^{n-1} are the reduced virial coefficients.


Note that, due to the functional form of the potential, the equation of state for the UFM fluid can be specified in terms of a function of a single adimensional variable x, regardless of the length-scale \sigma and absolute temperature T, i.é., the virial coefficients are independent of the absolute temperature.

Excess Helmholtz free-energy

The excess Helmholtz free-energy expression for the UFM, that can be obtained integrating the equation of state with respect to volume, is given by

\frac{\beta F^{\rm (exc)}_{\rm UF}(x,p)}{N} =\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\tilde{B}_{n+1}(p)}{n} \,x^n

where

  • F^{\rm (exc)}_{\rm UF}(x,p) is the Helmholtz free energy;
  • N is the number of particles;

Virial coefficients

p=1 p=2 p=10
\tilde{B}_2 1 1.646 446 609 40 4.014 383 975 40
\tilde{B}_3 0.256 600 119 639 833 673 11 0.943 195 827 15 8.031 625 170 36
\tilde{B}_4 -0.125 459 957 055 044 678 34 -0.334 985 180 88 5.791 113 868 79
\tilde{B}_5 0.013 325 655 173 205 441 00 -0.303 688 574 00 -7.658 371 037 27
\tilde{B}_6 0.038 460 935 830 869 671 55 0.395 857 781 68
\tilde{B}_7 -0.033 083 442 903 149 717 39 0.053 655 130 98
\tilde{B}_8 0.004 182 418 769 682 387 35 -0.408 481 406 00
\tilde{B}_9 0.015 197 607 195 500 874 66
\tilde{B}_{10} -0.013 849 654 134 575 142 93
\tilde{B}_{11} 0.001 334 757 917 110 966 11
\tilde{B}_{12} 0.007 604 327 248 812 125 87
\tilde{B}_{13} -0.006 726 441 408 781 588 25

Phase diagram

References

  1. [G. Uhlenbeck and G. Ford, in Studies in Statistical Mechanics— The Theory of Linear Graphs with Application to the Theory of the Virial Development of the Properties of Gases, edited by G. E. Uhlenbeck and J. de Boer (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1962), Vol. 2.]
  2. 2.0 2.1 >R. Paula Leite, R. Freitas, R. Azevedo and M. de Koning "The Uhlenbeck-Ford model: Exact virial coefficients and application as a reference system in fluid-phase free-energy calculations", Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 194101 (2016)
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