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Theoretical Study of Elastic Properties of SiC Nanowires of Different Shapes

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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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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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