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Designing graphene based nanofoams with nonlinear auxetic and anisotropic mechanical properties under tension or compression

Authors: 
Andrea Pedrielli,
Simone Taioli,
Giovanni Garberoglio,
Nicola M. Pugno
Abstract: 
In this study, the analysis of the mechanical response of realistic fullerene-nanotube nanotruss networks with face-centered cubic geometry is performed by using molecular dynamics with reactive potentials. In particular, the mechanical properties of these novel architectures are investigated in both compressive and tensile regimes, a number of truss geometries by straining along different directions. Our atomistic simulations reveal a similar behavior under tensile stress for all the samples. Conversely, under compressive regimes the emergence of a response that depends on the orientation of load is observed together with a peculiar local instability. Due to this instability, some of these nanotruss networks present a negative Poisson ratio in compression, like re-entrant foams. Finally, the performance of these nanotruss networks is analyzed with regards to their use as impact energy absorbers, displaying properties that outperform materials traditionally used in these applications.
Date of publication: 
10/01/2017
Published in: 
Carbon 111 (2017) 796-806