Surface effects on the elastic modulus of regular polygonal prism nanoporous materials


Nanoporous materials exhibit remarkable mechanical properties, which are influenced by their surface effects and microstructures. Here, we theoretically analyze Young’s modulus of various regular polygonal prism structures, which represent the first-level (conventional) nanoporous material and higher-level hierarchical nanoporous material. The effects of surface elastic modulus, porosity, residual surface stress, and side number on Young’s modulus of a regular polygonal prism unit cell are investigated in detail. The results reveal that Young’s modulus is controlled by the surface elastic modulus, but it is not sensitive to the residual surface stress. This trend is in good consistency with the existing work. Moreover, the effective modulus strongly depends upon the surface elastic modulus. Under the certain range of high porosity, maximum Young’s modulus always relies on a critical side number of 6, regardless of the surface effect and hierarchical structure. Interestingly, for different regular polygonal prism structures, the difference in effective modulus tends to decrease with the increasing porosity. The current findings provide insights to improve the mechanical properties of nanoporous materials via tuning microstructure, porosity, and surface elastic modulus.

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The authors would like to deeply appreciate the supports from the Foundation for Innovative Research Groups of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51621004), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51871092, 11772122 and 51771233), the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacturing for Vehicle Body (71865015) and the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFB0700300).

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Fang, Q., Zhao, L. & Li, J. Surface effects on the elastic modulus of regular polygonal prism nanoporous materials. Acta Mech (2020).

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