Stability of Computational Algorithms Used in Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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Akira Satoh

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiba University, 1-33, Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba 263, Japan

J. Fluids Eng 117(3), 531-534 (Sep 01, 1995) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2817296 History: Received July 11, 1994; Revised January 20, 1995; Online December 04, 2007


The present study focuses on a three-dimensional Lennard-Jones system in a thermodynamic equilibrium in order to discuss divergence processes, the relationship between time intervals and divergence times, and the influence of time intervals on thermodynamic quantities and transport coefficients under various number density and temperature. It is found that the velocities of molecules in a system gradually increase with time until the system suddenly diverges exponentially. The time interval-divergence time relationship can be expressed in approximate terms as linear functions if the data are plotted on logarithmic scales, and the system diverges more easily as temperature or number density increases. Thermodynamic quantities show the influence of large time intervals more clearly than do transport coefficients.

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