Mechanical behaviour of bio-inspired brittle-matrix nanocomposites under different strain rates using molecular dynamics

S Mathiazhagan and S Anup, MOLECULAR SIMULATION, 42, 1490-1501 (2016).

DOI: 10.1080/08927022.2016.1205192

We study the generic mechanical behaviour of ceramic-ceramic nanocomposites inspired from biological materials. The nanocomposite models considered in our study are the regularly and stairwise staggered arrangements of stiff brittle platelets embedded in compliant brittle matrix. Molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to investigate the effect of strain rate on these nanocomposites. The variation in stress-strain behaviour and mechanical properties are analysed. The evolution of deformation processes is also investigated. Our results show the existence of different strain rate regimes separated by critical strain rate. Deformation mechanisms such as matrix cracking, crack bridging, interfacial debonding and hence platelet pullout are observed at lower strain rates. Amorphous deformation and direct debonding without matrix cracking are observed at higher strain rates.

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