Computational Particle Mechanics

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 177–190 | Cite as

Investigation of the mechanical responses of copper nanowires based on molecular dynamics and coarse-grained molecular dynamics

  • Yu-Chen Su
  • Shan Jiang
  • Yong Gan
  • Zhen ChenEmail author
  • Jian-Ming Lu


The mesoscale coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CG-MD) models for copper nanowires with different crystallographic orientations are developed via increasing the integration time step and grouping a certain number of atoms into one mesoscale particle. The tensile and torsional responses of copper nanowires at various temperatures and loading rates are then studied using the CG-MD and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the tensile cases, the CG-MD simulations yield the tendency of Young’s modulus with a good agreement with that by the MD. For the torsional loading, the relation between loading rate and critical angle by the CG-MD is also in line with that by the MD, while the CG-MD predictions for low temperatures are not in close agreement with those by the MD. Although the CG-MD model could not perfectly fit the results from the MD and requires further improvement, it could be used as a starting point to evaluate the mechanical response of nanowire with less computational expenses than the MD model.


Mesoscale model Molecular dynamics Tension Torsion Metal nanowire Thermal effect 



This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11672062 and 11232003), and National Center for High-Performance Computing, National Applied Research Laboratories (MOST 106-2221-E-492-014).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environment EngineeringUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of MississippiUniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Engineering MechanicsZhejiang UniversityZhejiangChina
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Structure Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Department of Engineering MechanicsDalian University of TechnologyLiaoningChina
  5. 5.National Center for High-Performance ComputingNational Applied Research LaboratoriesTainan CityTaiwan

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