# compute stress/atom command

# compute centroid/stress/atom command

## Syntax

```
compute ID group-ID style temp-ID keyword ...
```

ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

style =

*stress/atom*or*centroid/stress/atom*temp-ID = ID of compute that calculates temperature, can be NULL if not needed

zero or more keywords may be appended

keyword =

*ke*or*pair*or*bond*or*angle*or*dihedral*or*improper*or*kspace*or*fix*or*virial*

## Examples

```
compute 1 mobile stress/atom NULL
compute 1 mobile stress/atom myRamp
compute 1 all stress/atom NULL pair bond
compute 1 all centroid/stress/atom NULL bond dihedral improper
```

## Description

Define a computation that computes per-atom stress
tensor for each atom in a group. In case of compute *stress/atom*,
the tensor for each atom is symmetric with 6
components and is stored as a 6-element vector in the following order:
\(xx\), \(yy\), \(zz\), \(xy\), \(xz\), \(yz\).
In case of compute *centroid/stress/atom*,
the tensor for each atom is asymmetric with 9 components
and is stored as a 9-element vector in the following order:
\(xx\), \(yy\), \(zz\), \(xy\), \(xz\), \(yz\),
\(yx\), \(zx\), \(zy\).
See the compute pressure command if you want the stress tensor
(pressure) of the entire system.

The stress tensor for atom \(I\) is given by the following formula, where \(a\) and \(b\) take on values \(x\), \(y\), \(z\) to generate the components of the tensor:

The first term is a kinetic energy contribution for atom \(I\). See
details below on how the specified *temp-ID* can affect the velocities
used in this calculation. The second term is the virial
contribution due to intra and intermolecular interactions,
where the exact computation details are determined by the compute style.

In case of compute *stress/atom*, the virial contribution is:

The first term is a pairwise energy contribution where \(n\) loops over the \(N_p\) neighbors of atom \(I\), \(\mathbf{r}_1\) and \(\mathbf{r}_2\) are the positions of the 2 atoms in the pairwise interaction, and \(\mathbf{F}_1\) and \(\mathbf{F}_2\) are the forces on the 2 atoms resulting from the pairwise interaction. The second term is a bond contribution of similar form for the \(N_b\) bonds which atom \(I\) is part of. There are similar terms for the \(N_a\) angle, \(N_d\) dihedral, and \(N_i\) improper interactions atom \(I\) is part of. There is also a term for the KSpace contribution from long-range Coulombic interactions, if defined. Finally, there is a term for the \(N_f\) fixes that apply internal constraint forces to atom \(I\). Currently, only the fix shake and fix rigid commands contribute to this term. As the coefficients in the formula imply, a virial contribution produced by a small set of atoms (e.g. 4 atoms in a dihedral or 3 atoms in a Tersoff 3-body interaction) is assigned in equal portions to each atom in the set. E.g. 1/4 of the dihedral virial to each of the 4 atoms, or 1/3 of the fix virial due to SHAKE constraints applied to atoms in a water molecule via the fix shake command.

In case of compute *centroid/stress/atom*, the virial contribution is:

As with compute *stress/atom*, the first, second, third, fourth and fifth terms
are pairwise, bond, angle, dihedral and improper contributions,
but instead of assigning the virial contribution equally to each atom,
only the force \(\mathbf{F}_I\) acting on atom \(I\)
due to the interaction and the relative
position \(\mathbf{r}_{I0}\) of the atom \(I\) to the geometric center
of the interacting atoms, i.e. centroid, is used.
As the geometric center is different
for each interaction, the \(\mathbf{r}_{I0}\) also differs.
The sixth and seventh terms, Kspace and fix contribution
respectively, are computed identical to compute *stress/atom*.
Although the total system virial is the same as compute *stress/atom*,
compute *centroid/stress/atom* is know to result in more consistent
heat flux values for angle, dihedrals and improper contributions
when computed via compute heat/flux.

If no extra keywords are listed, the kinetic contribution
all of the virial contribution terms are
included in the per-atom stress tensor. If any extra keywords are
listed, only those terms are summed to compute the tensor. The
*virial* keyword means include all terms except the kinetic energy
*ke*.

Note that the stress for each atom is due to its interaction with all other atoms in the simulation, not just with other atoms in the group.

Details of how compute *stress/atom* obtains the virial for individual atoms for
either pairwise or many-body potentials, and including the effects of
periodic boundary conditions is discussed in (Thompson).
The basic idea for many-body potentials is to treat each component of
the force computation between a small cluster of atoms in the same
manner as in the formula above for bond, angle, dihedral, etc
interactions. Namely the quantity \(\mathbf{r} \cdot \mathbf{F}\)
is summed over the atoms in
the interaction, with the \(r\) vectors unwrapped by periodic boundaries
so that the cluster of atoms is close together. The total
contribution for the cluster interaction is divided evenly among those
atoms. Details of how compute *centroid/stress/atom* obtains
the virial for individual atoms
is given in (Surblys),
where the idea is that the virial of the atom \(I\)
is the result of only the force \(\mathbf{F}_I\) on the atom due
to the interaction
and its positional vector \(\mathbf{r}_{I0}\),
relative to the geometric center of the
interacting atoms, regardless of the number of participating atoms.
The periodic boundary treatment is identical to
that of compute *stress/atom*, and both of them reduce to identical
expressions for two-body interactions,
i.e. computed values for contributions from bonds and two-body pair styles,
such as Lennard-Jones, will be the same,
while contributions from angles, dihedrals and impropers will be different.

The dihedral_style charmm style calculates pairwise interactions between 1-4 atoms. The virial contribution of these terms is included in the pair virial, not the dihedral virial.

The KSpace contribution is calculated using the method in (Heyes) for the Ewald method and by the methodology described in (Sirk) for PPPM. The choice of KSpace solver is specified by the kspace_style pppm command. Note that for PPPM, the calculation requires 6 extra FFTs each timestep that per-atom stress is calculated. Thus it can significantly increase the cost of the PPPM calculation if it is needed on a large fraction of the simulation timesteps.

The *temp-ID* argument can be used to affect the per-atom velocities
used in the kinetic energy contribution to the total stress. If the
kinetic energy is not included in the stress, than the temperature
compute is not used and can be specified as NULL. If the kinetic
energy is included and you wish to use atom velocities as-is, then
*temp-ID* can also be specified as NULL. If desired, the specified
temperature compute can be one that subtracts off a bias to leave each
atom with only a thermal velocity to use in the formula above, e.g. by
subtracting a background streaming velocity. See the doc pages for
individual compute commands to determine which ones
include a bias.

Note that as defined in the formula, per-atom stress is the negative of the per-atom pressure tensor. It is also really a stress*volume formulation, meaning the computed quantity is in units of pressure*volume. It would need to be divided by a per-atom volume to have units of stress (pressure), but an individual atomâ€™s volume is not well defined or easy to compute in a deformed solid or a liquid. See the compute voronoi/atom command for one possible way to estimate a per-atom volume.

Thus, if the diagonal components of the per-atom stress tensor are summed for all atoms in the system and the sum is divided by \(dV\), where \(d\) = dimension and \(V\) is the volume of the system, the result should be \(-P\), where \(P\) is the total pressure of the system.

These lines in an input script for a 3d system should yield that result. I.e. the last 2 columns of thermo output will be the same:

compute peratom all stress/atom NULL compute p all reduce sum c_peratom[1] c_peratom[2] c_peratom[3] variable press equal -(c_p[1]+c_p[2]+c_p[3])/(3*vol) thermo_style custom step temp etotal press v_press

Note

The per-atom stress does not include any Lennard-Jones tail corrections to the pressure added by the pair_modify tail yes command, since those are contributions to the global system pressure.

**Output info:**

This compute *stress/atom* calculates a per-atom array with 6 columns, which can be
accessed by indices 1-6 by any command that uses per-atom values from
a compute as input.
The compute *centroid/stress/atom* produces a per-atom array with 9 columns,
but otherwise can be used in an identical manner to compute *stress/atom*.
See the Howto output doc page
for an overview of LAMMPS output options.

The per-atom array values will be in pressure*volume units as discussed above.

## Restrictions

Currently, compute *centroid/stress/atom* does not support
pair styles with many-body interactions,
such as Tersoff,
and LAMMPS will generate an error in such cases.
In principal, equivalent formulation
to that of angle, dihedral and improper contributions
in the virial \(W_{ab}\) formula
can also be applied to the many-body pair styles,
and is planned in the future.