Research Topics

Contact Mechanics Challenge
We called for a modeling competition in contact mechanics and invited theorists and modelers alike to make predictions on a mathematically well-defined problem…
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Proceedings of Force Fields-2014
Proceedings of the Workshop on Force Fields: From atoms to materials, which was held from November 3-5, 2014, at Forschungszentrum Jülich are now published at Modelling and Simulation…
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Proceedings of Hybrid-2013
Proceedings of the Workshop on Hybrid Particle-Continuum Methods in Computational Physics, which was held from March 4-7, 2013, at Forschungszentrum Jülich can now be downloaded as PDFs. The goal of the workshop was to… read more

Dissipation of Polymer Brushes
Lubrication of biological systems often involves the presence of polymers that are end-anchored to rubbing surfaces. The polymers swell in a solvent to form brushes, which then act as low-viscosity bearings when surfaces slide against a counter face.
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Friction Mechanisms
Friction is a well-known, but poorly understood, phenomenon that affects virtually all aspects of daily life. In some cases, friction is desirable, e.g., high friction in clutches leads to the effective transmission of forces between an automobile’s engine and its wheels…
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Contact Mechanics And Seal-leakage
Seals are devices to close a gap and to prevent fluid flow through a joint. Although seals play a crucial role in many modern engineering devices, inexpensive elastomeric seals such as O-rings are often used. The failure of seals
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Accurate Interatomic Potentials
The picture shows the electrostatic field of a d-fructose molecule which must be reproduced in an efficient manner in a molecular dynamics simulation. Electrostatic forces dominate the long-range interactions between molecules and…
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Phase Change Materials
Phase change materials are class of materials, which can remain stable in a crystal or amorphous phase at ambient conditions requiring a significant amount of heat for a phase change. PCMs are gaining application in…
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