Thermo-mechanical properties of boron nitride nanoribbons: A molecular dynamics simulation study

SJ Mandizadeh and EK Goharshadi and G Akhlamadi, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR GRAPHICS & MODELLING, 68, 1-13 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmgm.2016.05.008

Thermo-mechanical properties of boron nitride nanoribbons (BNNRs) were computed using molecular dynamics simulation with optimized Tersoff empirical potential. Thermal conductivity (TC) and heat transport properties of BNNRs were calculated as functions of both temperature and nanoribbon's length. The results show that TC of BNNRs decreases with raising temperature by T-1.5 up to 1000 K. The phonon-phonon scattering relaxation time, mean free path of phonons, and contribution of high frequency optical phonons in TC of BNNRs were calculated at various temperatures. TC decreases as nanoribbon size increases and it converges to similar to 500 W m(-1)K(-1) for nanoribbons with length longer than 30 nm. The mechanical properties, including Gruneisen parameter, stress- strain response curves, Young's modulus, intrinsic strength, critical strain, and Poisson's ratio were calculated in the temperature range of 137-1000 K. The simulation results show that Gruneisen parameter and poisson's ratio of BNNRs are -0.092 and 0.245, respectively. The Young's modulus of BNNRs decreases with raising temperature and its value is 630 GPa at 300 K. According to the results, BNNRs duo to their extraordinary thermo-mechanical properties, are the promising candidate for the future nano-device manufacturing. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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