Competition between in-plane buckling and bending collapses in nanohoneycombs
Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Nanomechanics “Giuseppe Maria Pugno”, Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino - I-10129, Torino, Italy, EU
2 National Institute of Nuclear Physics, National Laboratories of Frascati - Via E. Fermi 40, I-00044, Frascati, Italy, EU
3 National Institute of Metrological Research - Strada delle Cacce 91, I-10135, Torino, Italy, EU
Accepted: 24 February 2012
The classical hexagonal honeycomb theory for the uniaxial loading case, developed by Gibson and Ashby, considers buckling of the cell walls parallel to one symmetry axis. In general, buckling may also occur in the cell walls inclined with respect to the two symmetry axes. Therefore, in this letter, under the uniaxial loading conditions, we derive the critical stresses of buckling and bending collapses of nanohoneycombs, for which the surface effect is included. Furthermore, the competition between the two failure modes is studied. The present theory could be used to design new nanoporous materials, e.g., scaffolds for the regenerative medicine or energy-absorption materials.
PACS: 62.20.M – / 61.43.Gt – / 61.46.-w –
© EPLA, 2012