Surface asperities can range widely in size. Therefore it is important to characterize the effect of size and scale on the contact mechanics. This work presents a molecular model of asperity contact in order to characterize small scale asperity contact. The effects of lattice orientation and radius (number of particles) are examined. It appears that lattice orientation has a noticeable effect, but nominally may not be important in the contact of asperities and rough surfaces. The size appears to be important until a certain minimum size is achieved.

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