MD/FE Multiscale Modeling of Contact

  • Srinivasa Babu Ramisetti
  • Guillaume Anciaux
  • Jean-Francois Molinari
Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)


Limitations of single scale approaches to study the complex physics involved in friction have motivated the development of multiscale models. We review the state-of-the-art multiscale models that have been developed up to date. These have been successfully applied to a variety of physical problems, but that were limited, in most cases, to zero Kelvin studies. We illustrate some of the technical challenges involved with simulating a frictional sliding problem, which by nature generates a large amount of heat. These challenges can be overcome by a proper usage of spatial filters, which we combine to a direct finite-temperature multiscale approach coupling molecular dynamics with finite elements. The basic building block relies on the proper definition of a scale transfer operator using the least square minimization and spatial filtering. Then, the restitution force from the generalized Langevin equation is modified to perform a two-way thermal coupling between the two models. Numerical examples are shown to illustrate the proposed coupling formulation.


Molecular Dynamic Coarse Scale Random Force Multiscale Method High Frequency Wave 
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This material is based on the work supported by the Swiss National Foundation under Grant no 200021_122046/1 and the European Research Council Starting Grant no 240332.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Srinivasa Babu Ramisetti
    • 1
  • Guillaume Anciaux
    • 2
  • Jean-Francois Molinari
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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