MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION OF A RIGID SPHERE INDENTING A COPPER SUBSTRATE
D Jia and LQ Li and A Ovcharenko and WP Song and GY Zhang, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME/STLE INTERNATIONAL JOINT TRIBOLOGY CONFERENCE, IJTC 2012, 293-295 (2013).
Three-dimensional molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is used to study the atomic-scale indentation process of a spherical diamond tip in contact with a copper substrate. In the indentation simulations, the force-displacement curve is obtained and compared with a modified elastic solution of Hertz. The contact area under different indentation depths is also investigated. The force-displacement curve under different maximum indentation depths is obtained to investigate elastic- plastic deformation during the loading and unloading processes.
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