Phonon thermal transport in polycrystalline graphene:Effects of grain, vacancy and strain

ZQ Yang and RP Wang and HP Li and HK Tang and K Han, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, 209, 124057 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124057

The phonon thermal conductivity of polycrystalline graphene nanoribbons has been calculated by non -equilibrium molecular dynamics method. The effects of grain size and boundary orientation, vacancy de-fect and strain on the phonon thermal conductivity of polycrystalline graphene nanoribbons have been studied. It was found that for polycrystalline graphene nanoribbons with the same average grain size, the phonon thermal conductivity increased with the increase of nanoribbon length. At the same size of nanoribbons, the phonon thermal conductivity increases with the increase of grain size in polycrystalline graphene nanoribbons. Grain boundary orientation has also an important impact on the phonon thermal conductivity. In addition, the phonon thermal conductivity of polycrystalline graphene decreases with the increase of tensile strain/compressive strain because the strain induces the change of structure and me-chanical properties, which affects the phonon transport behavior. Compared with the pristine graphene, the vacancy defects lead to the suppression of some phonon modes of polycrystalline graphene and thus the reduction of phonon thermal conductivity due to the enhancement of phonon boundary scattering and phonon defect scattering. Our results are helpful to understand the physical mechanism of phonon thermal transport in polycrystalline graphene, and provides an important guidance for the regulation of phonon thermal conductivity of polycrystalline graphene.(c) 2023 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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