Shape Change of Micelles Dragged with Constant Velocity as Addressed in Terms of Biolubrication Application
P. Bełdowskia, R.G. Winkler b, J. Hładyszowski c, S. Jung d and A. Gadomski a
aUniversity of Science and Technology, Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Bydgoszcz, Poland
bTheoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
cWrocław Medical University, Department of Physical Chemistry, Wrocław, Poland
dUniversity of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed for a model of coarse-grained lipids in water. We try to establish structural properties of micelles when they are dragged past each other. The lipid-lipid and lipid-water interactions are taken from a coarse-grained model first introduced by Marrink et al. This work focuses on shape changes upon mutual interaction of micelles when dragged with constant velocity. We find that micelles can change their shapes from spherical to cylindrical regardless of the number of constituting lipids. We address this result toward understanding facilitated vs. obstructed lubrication of articular cartilage by synovial fluid at nanoscale level.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.129.188
PACS numbers: 83.80.Rs, 47.11.Mn, 82.33.Nq, 83.50.-v