Recent Findings on the Mechanical Responses of Nanostructures to Extreme Loading Conditions

Z Chen and Y Gan and LM Shen and JK Chen, ISCM II AND EPMESC XII, PTS 1 AND 2, 1233, 95-100 (2010).

A systematic investigation is being performed to understand the combined size, loading rate and thermal effects on the responses of nanostructures such as nanofilms and nanowires. This paper summarizes what has been found so far, and presents the recent molecular dynamics simulations of the mechanical behaviors of single crystal fcc nanowires and nanofilms under different temperatures and extremely high strain rates. Based on the model-based simulation results, the mechanism of the nanostructural responses will be explored and future research tasks will be discussed.

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