Atomistic Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Au-32 Cluster Peapod Structures: Molecular Dynamics and Density Functional Theory

M Latimi and MG Ahangari and M Jahanshahi, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS, 144, 04018110 (2018).

DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001541

This study investigates the effect of encapsulating a golden fullerene (Au-32) cluster on the mechanical properties of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) and a boron-nitride nanotube (BNNT). First, the geometrical parameters of the nanopeapods were optimized using the density functional theory (DFT) method. The DFT results demonstrated that the strength of interaction between the Au-32 cage and a BNNT was stronger than that between the Au-32 cage and SWCNT. The molecular dynamics (MD) method was then applied to calculate mechanical properties such as Young's modulus, failure stress, and failure strain using a stress-strain plot. The mechanical results indicated that encapsulating the Au-32 cluster reduced the Young's modulus and failure stress of both a SWCNT and BNNT, whereas the failure strain did not observably change. To validate these results, a C-60 cage was inserted inside an SWCNT in the most exothermic situation. The MD calculation indicated that, similar to the effect of Au-32 in the Au-32-nanotube peapod, C-60 reduced the mechanical properties of the SWCNT. (C) 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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