Surface effects on the mechanical properties of rhodium nanowires by molecular dynamics simulations

S Sengul and AK Guner and V Guder, PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, 622, 413344 (2021).

DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2021.413344

This study comprehensively investigates the mechanical properties of rhodium (Rh) nanowires using molecular dynamics simulations in which the interactions were expressed by embedded atom method potentials and interprets their relation with the deformation process. We have observed that the stress-strain behavior of Rh nanowires is radically different from the bulk material. As the size increased, the Elastic Modulus of nanowires gradually decreases and saturates to reach bulk value. It is revealed that the mechanical response of thicker nanowires than the critical value of 2.8 nm size is characterized by the core atoms and the surface effects lose their dominance due to the stability of the core atoms. The high strain rates delay yielding and neck formation and can be used to design the strengthened thin Rh nanowires.

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