Empirical potential influence and effect of temperature on the mechanical properties of pristine and defective hexagonal boron nitride
S Thomas and KM Ajith and MC Valsakumar, MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS, 4, 065005 (2017).
The major objective of this work is to present results of a classical molecular dynamics study to investigate the effect of changing the cut- off distance in the empirical potential on the stress-strain relation and also the temperature dependent Young's modulus of pristine and defective hexagonal boron nitride. As the temperature increases, the computed Young's modulus shows a significant decrease along both the armchair and zigzag directions. The computed Young's modulus shows a trend in keeping with the structural anisotropy of h-BN. The variation of Young's modulus with system size is elucidated. The observed mechanical strength of h-BN is significantly affected by the vacancy and Stone-Wales type defects. The computed room temperature Young's modulus of pristine h-BN is 755 GPa and 769 GPa respectively along the armchair and zigzag directions. The decrease of Young's modulus with increase in temperature has been analyzed and the results show that the system with zigzag edge shows a higher value of Young's modulus in comparison to that with armchair edge. As the temperature increases, the computed stiffness decreases and the system with zigzag edge possesses a higher value of stiffness as compared to the armchair counterpart and this behaviour is consistent with the variation of Young's modulus. The defect analysis shows that presence of vacancy type defects leads to a higher Young's modulus, in the studied range with different percentage of defect concentration, in comparison with Stone-Wales defect. The variations in the peak position of the computed radial distribution function reveals the changes in the structural features of systems with zigzag and armchair edges in the presence of applied stress.
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