The resolution and convergence properties of the Method of Planes (MOP) local pressure tensor method is analyzed for a slit geometry in which a system of interacting particles is placed between movable walls composed of atoms. Boundary-driven Molecular Dynamics (BMD) simulations were performed for different situations in which solid or fluid phases are formed between crystalline or amorphous walls. It is shown that for these inhomogeneous, steady state structures the total force exerted by a wall atoms on the inside particles is consistent with the normal pressure component obtained from the MOP method if a sufficiently small integration time step is applied. The work demonstrates that the numerical errors associated with computing the MOP pressure can be non-negligible and should be a consideration when determining the BMD algorithm parameters.
|Method of Planes Normal Pressure for Slit Geometries in Molecular Dynamics Simulations||2014-02-27|