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Simulation of Nanomanipulation Using Compliance-Based Contact Dynamics Modeling Technique

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Ou Ma, Xiumin Diao

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Mingjun Zhang

Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA

Paper No. DETC2007-35691, pp. 465-473; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper describes dynamics modeling and simulation of AFM-based manipulation of a nano-scale object using the compliance-based contact dynamics modeling technique (also referred to as the penalty method). Such a modeling technique has been well developed and widely applied in macro-scale applications. Its applicability to nano-scale cases is, however, relatively new and thus, requires more investigation. The dynamics model developed in the paper includes the Van der Waals forces, electrostatic forces, contact forces (for modeling repulsion), and friction forces with consideration of contact geometry, stiffness, and friction properties of all the physically interacting objects. The model can simulate the dynamic behavior of interactions between nano-scale objects and its environment. For demonstration, the dynamic simulation results of an AFM-based manipulation process are presented. To provide confidence of the model fidelity, a simulation example which matches some published data is presented.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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