Theoretical Study of Elastic Properties of SiC Nanowires of Different Shapes
The atomic structure and elastic properties of silicon carbide nanowires of different shapes and effective sizes were studied using density functional theory and classical molecular mechanics. Upon surface relaxation, surface reconstruction led to the splitting of the wire geometry, forming both hexagonal (surface) and cubic phases (bulk). The behavior of the pristine SiC wires under compression and stretching was studied and Young's moduli were obtained. For Y-shaped SiC nanowires the effective Young's moduli and behavior in inelastic regime were elucidated.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 August 2010
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