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We present nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of planar elongational flow (PEF) by an algorithm proposed by Tuckerman et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 106, 5615 (1997)] and theoretically elaborated by Edwards and Dressler [J. Non-Newtonian, Fluid Mech. 96, 163 (2001)], which we shall call the proper-SLLOD algorithm, or p-SLLOD for short. [For background on names of algorithms see W. G. Hoover, D. J. Evans, R. B. Hickman, A. J. C. Ladd, W. T. Ashurst, and B. Moran, Phys. Rev. A 22, 1690 (1980) and D. J. Evans and G. P. Morriss, Phys. Rev. A 30, 1528 (1984).] We show that there are two sources for the exponential growth in PEF of the total linear momentum of the system in the contracting direction, which has been previously observed using the so-called SLLOD algorithm. The first comes from the SLLOD algorithm itself, and the second from the implementation of the Kraynik and Reinelt [Int. J. Multiphase Flow 18, 1045 (1992)] boundary conditions. Using the p-SLLOD algorithm (to eliminate the first source) implemented with our simulation strategy (to eliminate the second) in PEF simulations, we no longer observe the exponential growth. By analyzing the equations of motion, we also demonstrate that both the SLLOD and the DOLLS algorithms are intrinsically unsuitable for representing a nonequilibrium system with elongational flow. However, the p-SLLOD algorithm has a rigorously canonical structure in laboratory phase space, and thus can represent a nonequilibrium system not only for elongational flow but also for a general flow.


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