Mechanical behavior of interlayer-bonded nanostructures obtained from bilayer graphene

AR Muniz and AS Machado and D Maroudas, CARBON, 81, 663-677 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2014.10.003

We report a comprehensive computational study of the mechanical behavior of two-dimensional carbon-based nanostructures generated from C-C interlayer bonding through chemical functionalization in bilayer graphene, based on molecular-dynamics simulations of uniaxial tensile deformation according to a reliable interatomic bond-order potential. These nanostructures range from superlattices of two-dimensional diamond-like nanodomains embedded in twisted bilayer graphene to fully interlayer-bonded graphene bilayers that constitute two-dimensional diamond-like films. We have analyzed in detail the fracture mechanisms of the nanostructures under tension as a function of the extent of interlayer bonding through chemical functionalization. In most cases, fracture is initiated at the interface between pristine graphene and interlayer-bonded two-dimensional diamond-like domains in the composite structure and subsequently propagates across the material leading to failure through brittle cleavage. However, beyond a certain density of interlayer bonds with specific spatial distribution, there is a transition to ductile failure with a structural response that is characterized by void formation and coalescence. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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