Temperature and strain-rate dependent fracture strength of graphene
H Zhao and NR Aluru, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 108, 064321 (2010).
We investigate the variation in fracture strength of graphene with temperature, strain rate, and crack length using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, kinetic analysis of fracture with a nonlinear elastic relation, and the quantized fracture mechanics theory. Young's modulus does not vary significantly with temperature until about 1200 K, beyond which the material becomes softer. Temperature plays a more important role in determining the fracture strength of graphene. Our studies suggest that graphene can be a strong material even, when subjected to variations in temperature, strain rate, and cracks. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3488620
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