Lees-Edwards boundary conditions for lattice Boltzmann

Lees-Edwards boundary conditions (LEbc) for Molecular Dynamics simulations((1)) are an extension of the well known periodic boundary conditions and allow the simulation of bulk systems in a simple shear flow. We show how the idea of LEbc can be implemented in isothermal lattice Boltzmann simulations and how LEbc can be used to overcome the problem of a maximum shear rate that is limited to less then 1/L-y (with L-y the transverse system size) in traditional lattice Boltzmann implementations of shear flow. The only previous Lattice Boltzmann implementation of LEbc((2)) requires a specific fourth order equilibrium distribution. In this paper we show how LEbc can be implemented with the usual quadratic equilibrium distributions.