From: Mayne, Christopher G (
Date: Fri Mar 20 2015 - 11:21:42 CDT

Tim and Chaya,

There is not currently a way to assign these types of constraints, although this is something that is on our TODO list. I would urge caution with regard to manually assigning atom types to the same type as a mechanism of circumventing this problem. There is generally a reason why the atom types were assigned differently (e.g., LJ terms).

Christopher Mayne

On Mar 20, 2015, at 10:36 AM, Tim Lo wrote:

> Hi,
> If all the parameters related to CD2D1 and CD2D2 are equal, you can simply make them to be the same atom type. If this is not the case, do you mean that most parameters (e.g. LJ parameters) related to CD2D1 are different from those related to CD2D2 while only some parameters (e.g. CD2D1 - CD2D1 and CD2D2-CD2D2) are the same? Then, be careful as there may be logical loopholes. There must be some physical reasons (e.g. experimental evidence) to allow you to manually assign most parameters to be the same while some parameters are different. Different atom types usually have different parameters (except for nonbonded parameters). Manually assigning (or in your word, restraining) parameters is not a good way to do parametrization (except in some cases where nonbonded parameters are assigned by analogy).
> Tim
> Research Assistant
> The University of Hong Kong
> On 2015/3/20 下午 10:13, Chaya Stern wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Is there any way to restrain two bonds or angles or dihedrals to be equivalent when I optimize the parameters? For example, if I have two bonds, CD2D1 - CD2D1 and CD2D2-CD2D2 and I want them both to have the same force constant and equilibrium distance.
>> Thank you,
>> --
>> Chaya D Stern
>> Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
>> Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Program