This paper studies the uniaxial strain control tension of NiAl nanofilms via molecular dynamics simulations. The nanofilm deforms elastically until fracture at tensile strain is as large as 37%. The stress-strain curve has a range where tensile deformation develops at decreasing tensile stress, thus indicating negative stiffness. Such deformation is thermodynamicallyunstable and the nanofilm splits into domains with two different values of elastic strain. Deformation within the unstable range is controlled by motion of the domain walls, resulting in the domains with larger strain grow at the expense of the domains with smaller strain.
|Babicheva Rita, Negative Stiffness Demonstrated by NiAl Nanofilms||2014-02-27|