Review Article: Case studies in future trends of computational and experimental nanomechanics

William Gerberich, Ellad B. Tadmor, Jeffrey Kysar, Jonathan A. Zimmerman, Andrew M. Minor, Izabela Szlufarska, Jonathan Amodeo, Benoit Devincre, Eric Hintsala, Roberto Ballarini

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With rapidly increasing numbers of studies of new and exotic material uses for perovskites and quasicrystals, these demand newer instrumentation and simulation developments to resolve the revealed complexities. One such set of observational mechanics at the nanoscale is presented here for somewhat simpler material systems. The expectation is that these approaches will assist those materials scientists and physicists needing to verify atomistic potentials appropriate to the nanomechanical understanding of increasingly complex solids. The five following segments from nine University, National and Industrial Laboratories both review and forecast where some of the important approaches will allow a confirming of how in situ mechanics and nanometric visualization might unravel complex phenomena. These address two-dimensional structures, temporal models for the nanoscale, atomistic and multiscale friction fundamentals, nanoparticle surfaces and interfaces and nanomechanical fracture measurements, all coupled to in situ observational techniques. Rapid future advances in the applicability of such materials science solutions appear guaranteed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060801
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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Funding Information:
J.W.K. gratefully acknowledges support from NSF CMMI-1437450 and NSF CMMI-1363093. A.M.M. acknowledges support from the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05H11231. I.S. gratefully acknowledges financial support from the U.S. Army Research Office under Grant No. W911NF-12-1-0548. E.T. gratefully acknowledges financial support from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI-1433887. J.A. is grateful to the Fédération Lyonnaise de Modélisation et Sciences Numériques (FLMSN), partner of the EQUIPEX EQUIP@MESO, which has provided access to HPC ressources for this work. The support of the research project Mera-FASS is acknowledged by B.D. E.H. and W.W.G. would like to acknowledge Claire Teresi for her assistance on in situ bend testing of silicon, Xie Yueyue for performing the Finite Element simulations presented here, and funding from NSF MRSEC and Hysitron, Inc. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

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