A molecular dynamics simulation is set up to analyse the nanoindentation process
on graphite and diamond. A model for the indenter and its movement is
developed. Different potential descriptions for graphite are tested as well as
different surfaces for diamond. Results are analysed in terms of force–distance
curves and lattice distortion. A comparison with experimental results is also
made. The use of parallel programming has also been examined.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.