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Lattice Boltzmann simulations of liquid crystalline fluids: active gels and blue phases

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3791-3800
Number of pages10
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number20
StatePublished - 2009


Lattice Boltzmann simulations have become the method of choice to solve the hydrodynamic equations of motion of a number of complex fluids. Here we review some recent applications of lattice Boltzmann to study the hydrodynamics of liquid crystalline materials. In particular, we focus on the study of (a) the exotic blue phases of cholesteric liquid crystals, and (b) active gels-a model system for actin plus myosin solutions or bacterial suspensions. In both cases lattice Boltzmann studies have proved useful to provide new insights into these complex materials.

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