[gmx-users] Creating an infinite sheet of graphene
jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Aug 29 14:01:10 CEST 2013
On 8/29/13 5:28 AM, #TAN BENG HAU IAN# wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am trying to simulate a graphene sheet, periodic in xy. I am using Gromacs 4.5.5. My simulation fails before I can complete an energy minimisation in mdrun.
> For the force field I added the following lines to atomname2type.n2t of a copy of oplsaa.ff
> 3 C opls_145 0.0 12.011 3 C 0.140 C 0.140 C 0.140
> 4 C opls_145 0.0 12.011 2 C 0.140 C 0.140
> For the structure preparation I used Atomic Simulation Environment python library ase.structure to create a sheet that is 17.04 nm by 9.38048587 nm (this is the exact precision provided by ase).
> After this I used g_xtop to create the topology.
> g_x2top -f graphene.gro -o cnt.top -name GRA -pbc
> I also used editconf to center the graphene sheet in a box that is 17.04 nm by 9.38048587 nm by 20 nm.
> The mdp file for the energy minimisation is as follows
> integrator = steep ; Algorithm (steep = steepest descent minimization)
> emtol = 1000.0 ; Stop minimization when the maximum force < 1000.0 kJ/mol/nm
> emstep = 0.01 ; Energy step size
> nsteps = 50000 ; Maximum number of (minimization) steps to perform
> nstlist = 1 ; Frequency to update the neighbor list and long range forces
> ns_type = grid ; Method to determine neighbor list (simple, grid)
> rlist = 1.0 ; Cut-off for making neighbor list (short range forces)
> coulombtype = PME ; Treatment of long range electrostatic interactions
> rcoulomb = 1.0 ; Short-range electrostatic cut-off
> rvdw = 1.0 ; Short-range Van der Waals cut-off
> pbc = xyz ; Periodic Boundary Conditions (yes/no)
> periodic_molecules = yes
> I was able to run x2top and grompp successfully. With mdrun, I receive the error
> Warning: 1-4 interaction between 5761 and 5918 at distance 16.685 which is larger than the 1-4 table size 2.000 nm
> These are ignored for the rest of the simulation
> This usually means your system is exploding, ....
> I have checked both atoms 5761 and 5918 and they lie right on the edge of the box (the graphene sheet is orientated in the xz axis):
> C 5761 0.799 10.000 0.071
> C 5918 0.922 10.000 16.898
> It seems like there is a problem with the periodicity. Have I defined a box that is too small? I appreciate any assistance.
Yes, the box is too small. If it fits the coordinates exactly, there is no room
for the bonds that occur across periodic boundaries. You need to leave a
distance around the whole structure of 1/2 a C-C bond length so that the bonds
can be properly constructed. Otherwise, you just have two carbon atoms directly
on top of one another at each boundary.
Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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