pair_style bpm/spring command


pair_style bpm/spring


pair_style bpm/spring
pair_coeff * * 1.0 1.0 1.0
pair_coeff 1 1 1.0 1.0 1.0


New in version 4May2022.

Style bpm/spring computes pairwise forces with the formula

\[F = k (r - r_c)\]

where \(k\) is a stiffness and \(r_c\) is the cutoff length. An additional damping force is also applied to interacting particles. The force is proportional to the difference in the normal velocity of particles

\[F_D = - \gamma w (\hat{r} \bullet \vec{v})\]

where \(\gamma\) is the damping strength, \(\hat{r}\) is the radial normal vector, \(\vec{v}\) is the velocity difference between the two particles, and \(w\) is a smoothing factor. This smoothing factor is constructed such that damping forces go to zero as particles come out of contact to avoid discontinuities. It is given by

\[w = 1.0 - \left( \frac{r}{r_c} \right)^8 .\]

This pair style is designed for use in a spring-based bonded particle model. It mirrors the construction of the bpm/spring bond style.

This pair interaction is always applied to pairs of non-bonded particles that are within the interaction distance. For pairs of bonded particles that are within the interaction distance, there is the option to either include this pair interaction and overlay the pair force over the bond force or to exclude this pair interaction such that the two particles only interact via the bond force. See discussion of the overlay/pair option for BPM bond styles and the special_bonds command in the how to page on BPMs for more details.

The following coefficients must be defined for each pair of atom types via the pair_coeff command as in the examples above, or in the data file or restart files read by the read_data or read_restart commands, or by mixing as described below:

  • \(k\) (force/distance units)

  • \(r_c\) (distance units)

  • \(\gamma\) (force/velocity units)

Mixing, shift, table, tail correction, restart, rRESPA info

For atom type pairs I,J and I != J, the A coefficient and cutoff distance for this pair style can be mixed. A is always mixed via a geometric rule. The cutoff is mixed according to the pair_modify mix value. The default mix value is geometric. See the “pair_modify” command for details.

This pair style does not support the pair_modify shift option, since the pair interaction goes to 0.0 at the cutoff.

The pair_modify table and tail options are not relevant for this pair style.

This pair style writes its information to binary restart files, so pair_style and pair_coeff commands do not need to be specified in an input script that reads a restart file.

This pair style can only be used via the pair keyword of the run_style respa command. It does not support the inner, middle, outer keywords.


This pair style is part of the BPM package. It is only enabled if LAMMPS was built with that package. See the Build package page for more info.