Multiscale modeling of two-dimensional contacts

BQ Luan and S Hyun and JF Molinari and N Bernstein and MO Robbins, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 74, 046710 (2006).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.046710

A hybrid simulation method is introduced and used to study two- dimensional single-asperity and multi-asperity contacts both quasistatically and dynamically. The method combines an atomistic treatment of the interfacial region with a finite-element method description of subsurface deformations. The dynamics in the two regions are coupled through displacement boundary conditions applied at the outer edges of an overlap region. The two solutions are followed concurrently but with different time resolution. The method is benchmarked against full atomistic simulations. Accurate results are obtained for contact areas, pressures, and static and dynamic friction forces. The time saving depends on the fraction of the system treated atomistically and is already more than a factor of 20 for the relatively small systems considered here.

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