pair_style srp command


pair_style srp cutoff btype dist keyword value ...

  • cutoff = global cutoff for SRP interactions (distance units)

  • btype = bond type to apply SRP interactions to (can be wildcard, see below)

  • distance = min or mid

  • zero or more keyword/value pairs may be appended

  • keyword = exclude

    bptype value = atom type for bond particles
    exclude value = yes or no


pair_style hybrid dpd 1.0 1.0 12345 srp 0.8 1 mid exclude yes
pair_coeff 1 1 dpd 60.0 4.5 1.0
pair_coeff 1 2 none
pair_coeff 2 2 srp 100.0 0.8

pair_style hybrid dpd 1.0 1.0 12345 srp 0.8 * min exclude yes
pair_coeff 1 1 dpd 60.0 50 1.0
pair_coeff 1 2 none
pair_coeff 2 2 srp 40.0

pair_style hybrid srp 0.8 2 mid
pair_coeff 1 1 none
pair_coeff 1 2 none
pair_coeff 2 2 srp 100.0 0.8


Style srp computes a soft segmental repulsive potential (SRP) that acts between pairs of bonds. This potential is useful for preventing bonds from passing through one another when a soft non-bonded potential acts between beads in, for example, DPD polymer chains. An example input script that uses this command is provided in examples/USER/srp.

Bonds of specified type btype interact with one another through a bond-pairwise potential, such that the force on bond i due to bond j is as follows


where r and rij are the distance and unit vector between the two bonds. Note that btype can be specified as an asterisk “*”, which case the interaction is applied to all bond types. The mid option computes r and rij from the midpoint distance between bonds. The min option computes r and rij from the minimum distance between bonds. The force acting on a bond is mapped onto the two bond atoms according to the lever rule,


where L is the normalized distance from the atom to the point of closest approach of bond i and j. The mid option takes L as 0.5 for each interaction as described in (Sirk).

The following coefficients must be defined via the pair_coeff command as in the examples above, or in the data file or restart file read by the read_data or read_restart commands:

  • C (force units)
  • rc (distance units)

The last coefficient is optional. If not specified, the global cutoff is used.


Pair style srp considers each bond of type btype to be a fictitious “particle” of type bptype, where bptype is either the largest atom type in the system, or the type set by the bptype flag. Any actual existing particles with this atom type will be deleted at the beginning of a run. This means you must specify the number of types in your system accordingly; usually to be one larger than what would normally be the case, e.g. via the create_box or by changing the header in your data file. The fictitious “bond particles” are inserted at the beginning of the run, and serve as placeholders that define the position of the bonds. This allows neighbor lists to be constructed and pairwise interactions to be computed in almost the same way as is done for actual particles. Because bonds interact only with other bonds, pair_style hybrid should be used to turn off interactions between atom type bptype and all other types of atoms. An error will be flagged if pair_style hybrid is not used.

The optional exclude keyword determines if forces are computed between first neighbor (directly connected) bonds. For a setting of no, first neighbor forces are computed; for yes they are not computed. A setting of no cannot be used with the min option for distance calculation because the minimum distance between directly connected bonds is zero.

Pair style srp turns off normalization of thermodynamic properties by particle number, as if the command thermo_modify norm no had been issued.

The pairwise energy associated with style srp is shifted to be zero at the cutoff distance rc.

Mixing, shift, table, tail correction, restart, rRESPA info:

This pair styles does not support mixing.

This pair style does not support the pair_modify shift option for the energy of the pair interaction. Note that as discussed above, the energy term is already shifted to be 0.0 at the cutoff distance rc.

The pair_modify table option is not relevant for this pair style.

This pair style does not support the pair_modify tail option for adding long-range tail corrections to energy and pressure.

This pair style writes global and per-atom information to binary restart files. Pair srp should be used with pair_style hybrid, thus the pair_coeff commands need to be specified in the input script when reading a restart file.

This pair style can only be used via the pair keyword of the run_style respa command. It does not support the inner, middle, outer keywords.


This pair style is part of the USER-MISC package. It is only enabled if LAMMPS was built with that package. See the Making LAMMPS section for more info.

This pair style must be used with pair_style hybrid.

This pair style requires the newton command to be on for non-bonded interactions.


The default keyword value is exclude = yes.

(Sirk) Sirk TW, Sliozberg YR, Brennan JK, Lisal M, Andzelm JW, J Chem Phys, 136 (13) 134903, 2012.