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Mechanical properties of CNT-reinforced Ni3Al composites: The role of chirality, temperature, and volume fraction.

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Summary of "Mechanical properties of CNT-reinforced Ni3Al composites: The role of chirality, temperature, and volume fraction."

NiAl is an extremely significant reinforcing phase in nickel-based single crystal superalloys. As an alternative strengthening way to improve its mechanical properties, carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced Ni3Al composites have recently been synthesized in experiment. Here, in order to explore the corresponding influence factors and the underlying mechanism, tensile and compressive mechanical properties of CNT-NiAl composites are systematically investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that the dispersion of a minor fraction of a CNT into NiAl matrix leads to a sufficient enhancement in the stiffness of CNT-NiAl composites compared with the pure NiAl. It is demonstrated that CNT reinforcement takes effect in elastic stage under compression while works continuously during tension. Compared with armchair CNTs, zigzag CNTs are predicted to provide more strength for raising elastic modulus while armchair CNTs can provide superior elongation. Particularly, CNTs are found to hinder the generation of slip bands under tensile loading owing to the robust interfacial interactions. Furthermore, quantitative analysis reveals that the impact of volume fraction of CNT is much more significant than the size effect. The role of chirality, temperature, and volume fraction of CNT obtained in the present work could provide beneficial references for subsequent theoretical and experimental investigations, and shed some light on the design of CNT-reinforced composites in nanoscale engineering.

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Name: Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal
ISSN: 1361-648X
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