Volume 103, Number 6, September 2013
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||22 October 2013|
Elastic properties of graphene obtained by computational mechanical tests
1 Institute of Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben - Franz-Josef Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben, Austria, EU
2 Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics, Vienna University of Technology Gußhausstrasse 27-29, A-1040 Vienna, Austria, EU
3 Institute of Mechanics, Montanuniversität Leoben - Franz-Josef Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben, Austria, EU
Received: 31 July 2013
Accepted: 13 September 2013
The basic building block of many carbon nanostructures like fullerenes, carbon onions or nanotubes is the truly two-dimensional material graphene. Commercial finite element codes, widely used to predict the mechanical properties of these structures, rely on the knowledge of the mechanical properties of the basic material. In this paper using an atomistic simulation approach we determine the membrane and bending stiffness of graphene, as well as the corresponding effective parameters: the effective elastic modulus , Poisson ratio and thickness . It is shown that within reasonable accuracy the obtained parameters can be applied to various loading scenarios on carbon nanostructures as long as the characteristic length of these structures is larger than . Thus, for such large and complex structures that withstand an analytical or atomistic description, commercial finite element solvers, in combination with the found effective parameters, can be used to describe these structures.
PACS: 81.05.ue – Graphene / 46.70.De – Beams, plates, and shells / 02.70.Uu – Applications of Monte Carlo methods
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