bond_write command


bond_write btype N inner outer file keyword itype jtype
  • btype = bond type

  • N = # of values

  • inner,outer = inner and outer bond length (distance units)

  • file = name of file to write values to

  • keyword = section name in file for this set of tabulated values

  • itype,jtype = 2 atom types (optional)


bond_write 1 500 0.5 3.5 table.txt Harmonic_1
bond_write 3 1000 0.1 6.0 table.txt Morse


Write energy and force values to a file as a function of distance for the currently defined bond style for a selected bond type. This is useful for plotting the potential function or otherwise debugging its values. The resulting file can also be used as input for use with bond style table.

If the file already exists, the table of values is appended to the end of the file to allow multiple tables of energy and force to be included in one file. The individual sections may be identified by the keyword.

The energy and force values are computed at distances from inner to outer for 2 interacting atoms forming a bond of type btype, using the appropriate bond_coeff coefficients. N evenly spaced distances are used.

For example, for N = 7, inner = 1.0, and outer = 4.0, values are computed at r = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0.

The file is written in the format used as input for the bond_style table option with keyword as the section name. Each line written to the file lists an index number (1-N), a distance (in distance units), an energy (in energy units), and a force (in force units). In case a new file is created, the first line will be a comment with a “DATE:” and “UNITS:” tag with the current date and units settings. For subsequent invocations of the bond_write command for the same file, data will be appended and the current units settings will be compared to the data from the header, if present. The bond_write command will refuse to add a table to an existing file if the units are not the same.


All force field coefficients for bond and other kinds of interactions must be set before this command can be invoked.

Due to how the bond force is computed, an inner value > 0.0 must be specified even if the potential has a finite value at r = 0.0.