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Seminar: Deformation and failure of curved nanocrystalline shells

What Seminar
When Mar 07, 2014
from 11:00 to 13:00
Where IENI meeting room - Q4P16
Contact Name Dr. Stefano Zapperi
Contact Email
Contact Phone +39 02 66173 385
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Prof. M. Carmen Miguel
Departament de Física Fonamental
Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

We study the mechanical response of curved crystalline shells subject to load. These structures, mainly conceived for encapsulation purposes at small scales, show peculiar behavior due to their topological properties, i.e., the minimum energy configuration of any curved crystalline surface contains geometrically necessary topological defects in agreement with its Euler characteristic. The microstructure evolution is therefore influenced by the dynamics of those topological defects on the curved interface and exhibits a rather rich and non-trivial phenomenology. The quasi-static deformation of these structures is characterized by intermittent dynamics with collective particle reorganizations mediated by the proliferation of dislocation pairs and the dynamic delocalization of disclinations in the form of grain boundary scars. At large deformations, depending on bending rigidity, sample size, and geometry, one may observe buckling instabilities and structural failure phenomena such as the cavitation of the crystal shells.

March 7, 2014 at 11:00  - IENI meeting room


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