[Chimera-users] Amber Force Field
Forbes J. Burkowski
fjburkow at plg.uwaterloo.ca
Thu May 3 11:25:13 PDT 2012
Thanks for the response. The code that you suggested seems to work. I am
getting the initial energy reported in the Python Shell along with other
lines that are reporting on the activities of the command.
Since I am embedding this command in a runCommand statement, I would like
to get the initial energy value put into a variable within the Python
script instead of the Python Shell window. Is there any way to accomplish
On Fri, 13 Apr 2012, Elaine Meng wrote:
> Hi Forbes,
> The minimization tool reports the total energy, not any breakdown into components (electrostatic, VDW, strain) or interactions between sets of atoms. However, the "minimize" command has a "fragment" option for ignoring all but the specified residues, so you could at least limit what is considered the total system. That also makes the calculation faster, although single-point energy calculation (0 steps minimization) should already be pretty fast.
> Example (and see also "nogui true"):
> minimize spec :13.a,17.a fragment true cgsteps 0 nsteps 0
> On Apr 13, 2012, at 10:38 AM, Conrad Huang wrote:
> > Chimera's "Structure Editing -> Minimize Structure" tool (or the "minimize" command) may be used to do this. The tool reports the initial energy of the system in the Reply Log. If you give zero as the number of steps for both steepest descent and conjugate gradient minimization, then Chimera should return immediately.
> > Conrad
> > On 4/13/12 7:09 AM, Forbes J. Burkowski wrote:
> >> Hi:
> >> I have noticed that scripts can start with:
> >> import MMTK
> >> import MMTK.ForceFields
> >> from MMTK.ForceFields import Amber94ForceField
> >> We are doing some side chain packing studies that would benefit from the
> >> availablity of "easy" force field calculations. Currently, the algorithm
> >> works with useRotamers() to set two neighbouring rotamers and this is
> >> followed by a simple energy calculation to evaluate the interaction energy
> >> between the two rotamers. Right now, the energy calculation is only a bit
> >> more sophisticated than a steric collision detector.
> >> Question: Can we use some functions in the MMTK.ForceFields module to get
> >> an improved energy calculation?
> >> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Forbes
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