Volume 83, Number 4, August 2008
Article Number 46005
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 06 August 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 46005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/46005

Component dependence of mechanical properties of helical Ni-Al alloy nanowires

F. W. Sun1, H. Li2, 1 and X. F Liu2

1  Physics Department, Ocean University of China - Qingdao, China
2  Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Material Science and Engineering, Shandong University - Shandong, China

received 18 April 2008; accepted in final form 4 July 2008; published August 2008
published online 6 August 2008

Using molecular-dynamics simulation with tight-binding potentials, we have studied the deformation and stretching mechanism of Ni-Al alloy nanowires (NWs) with different component contents. These NWs encapsulated into carbon nanotube (CNT) form the novel multi-walled helical structures. It is found that, during the stretching process, some surface atoms slip into the point-defect of the inner layer of NWs. As the cross-section area becomes necking, this bond rearrangement results in the abrupt variation of the potential curves. Furthermore, the simulation results show that the force-strain curve is linear before a certain point Y1 (at about $\varepsilon =1{\%}$) and non-linear after Y1. In addition, the Young modulus characteristic is variable during the stretching and dependent upon the component content of alloy NWs.

62.25.-g - Mechanical properties of nanoscale systems.

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