Tribology Letters

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 111–115

Spanning Time Scales in Dynamic Simulations of Atomic-Scale Friction

  • Yongsheng Leng
  • Shaoyi Jiang

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016736222025

Cite this article as:
Leng, Y. & Jiang, S. Tribology Letters (2001) 11: 111. doi:10.1023/A:1016736222025


We investigate the sliding dynamics of atomic-scale friction at different time scales. Depending on the dynamic inertia and sliding velocity of a cantilever, different dynamic behaviors are observed from both conventional molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and temporally hybrid molecular simulation methods. The mechanism of friction dissipation is also investigated. For either smooth sliding or stick–slip, a non-zero work of friction is obtained, while surface forces are no longer conservative.

atomic-scale frictionsliding dynamicstime scalestemporally hybrid algorithmdampingenergy dissipation

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongsheng Leng
    • 1
  • Shaoyi Jiang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA.
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA.