Atomistic simulations of nanoindentation on the basal plane of crystalline molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)
JA Stewart and DE Spearot, MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 21, 045003 (2013).
In the present work, nanoindentation on the basal surface of a crystalline molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film is investigated by molecular statics (MS) calculations. A previously parameterized interatomic potential combining the reactive empirical bond-order and Lennard-Jones potentials is implemented into the LAMMPS molecular simulation package and refined for improved prediction of the mechanical properties of MoS2 at athermal conditions. Nanoindentation simulations are performed using three indenter sizes with specific focus on the incipient plastic deformation event within the MoS(2)single crystal. MS calculations show that a local phase transformation occurs beneath the indenter at plastic yield without the presence of broken Mo-S bonds. The structural characteristics of the phase transformation are captured using a slip vector analysis. The nanoindentation simulations provide insight into the mechanical response of MoS2 during contact deformation characteristic of both synthesis and application for better design of MoS2 nanoparticle lubricants.
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