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dc.contributor.advisorMarder, Michael P., 1960-en
dc.creatorMeintanis, Evangelos Anastasiosen
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-10T18:32:33Zen
dc.date.available2009-11-10T18:32:33Zen
dc.date.issued2009-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/6694en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractWe have extended the HOLA molecular dynamics (MD) code to run slider-on-block friction experiments for Al and Cu. Both objects are allowed to evolve freely and show marked deformation despite the hardness difference. We recover realistic coefficients of friction and verify the importance of cold-welding and plastic deformations in dry sliding friction. Our first data also show a mechanism for decoupling between load and friction at high velocities. Such a mechanism can explain an increase in the coefficient of friction of metals with velocity. The study of the effects of currents on our system required the development of a suitable electrodynamic (ED) solver, as the disparity of MD and ED time scales threatened the efficiency of our code. Our first simulations combining ED and MD are presented.en
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectMetallic frictionen
dc.subjectElectric currentsen
dc.subjectHOLA molecular dynamics codeen
dc.subjectSlider-on-block frictionen
dc.subjectCoefficients of frictionen
dc.subjectCold-weldingen
dc.subjectPlastic deformationsen
dc.subjectDry sliding frictionen
dc.subjectElectrodynamic solveren
dc.titleMolecular dynamics simulations of metallic friction and of its dependence on electric currents: development and first resultsen
dc.description.departmentPhysicsen
thesis.degree.departmentPhysicsen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysicsen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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