The Crack Angle of 60 degrees Is the Most Vulnerable Crack Front in Graphene According to MD Simulations

II Alahmed and SM Altanany and I Abdulazeez and H Shoaib and AQ Alsayoud and A Abbout and Q Peng, CRYSTALS, 11, 1355 (2021).

DOI: 10.3390/cryst11111355

Graphene is a type of 2D material with unique properties and promising applications. Fracture toughness and the tensile strength of a material with cracks are the most important parameters, as micro-cracks are inevitable in the real world. In this paper, we investigated the mechanical properties of triangular-cracked single-layer graphene via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The effect of the crack angle, size, temperature, and strain rate on the Young's modulus, tensile strength, fracture toughness, and fracture strain were examined. We demonstrated that the most vulnerable triangle crack front angle is about 60 & DEG;. A monitored increase in the crack angle under constant simulation conditions resulted in an enhancement of the mechanical properties. Minor effects on the mechanical properties were obtained under a constant crack shape, constant crack size, and various system sizes. Moreover, the linear elastic characteristics, including fracture toughness, were found to be remarkably influenced by the strain rate variations.

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