Computer simulations of nanometer-scale indentation and friction

Susan B. Sinnott, Seong Jun Heo, Donald W. Brenner, Judith A. Harrison, Douglas L. Irving

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Engines and other machines with moving parts are often limited in their design and operational lifetime by friction and wear. This limitation has motivated the study of fundamental tribological processes with the ultimate aim of controlling and minimizing their impact. The recent development of miniature apparatus, such as microelectromechanical systems and nanometer-scale devices, has increased interest in atomic-scale friction, which has been found to, in some cases, be due to mechanisms that are significantly distinct from the mechanisms that dominate in macroscale friction. Presented in this chapter is a review of computational studies of tribological processes at the atomic and nanometer scale. In particular, a review of the findings of computational studies of nanometer-scale indentation, friction, and lubrication is presented, along with a review of the salient computational methods that are used in these studies, and the conditions under which they are best applied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanotribology and Nanomechanics
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction: Fourth Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages70
ISBN (Electronic)9783319514338
ISBN (Print)9783319514321
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Materials Science


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