CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

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| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Sami Chatti, Tullio Tolio

Molecular Dynamics for Cutting Processes

  • Rüdiger Rentsch
Living reference work entry



The molecular dynamics method is a numerical method describing the micro mechanical and thermodynamic properties of a sample volume of material consisting of interacting atoms and/or molecules for a period of time. Here molecular dynamics is used to simulate the material removal processes at the atomic or nanometer level.

Theory and Application


Being originally developed for studies in condensed matter physics (Alder and Wainright 1957), it was gradually extended to many applications on phase transformations, dynamics, and structures of crystals, molecules, and fluids (Yonezawa 1990). The first pioneering applications of molecular dynamics (MD) on atomic level or nanoindentation and for material removal processes were published in the 1990s. This development was pushed by the manufacturing technology which had reached the nanometer-level precision in the fields of semiconductor industry,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz IWTBremenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Garret O'Donnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland