Elastic properties of nanostructured materials with layered grain boundary structure
Atomistic calculations of the elastic constants for a bulk nanostructured material that consists of a layered structure where alternating layers meet along high angle grain boundaries and where atoms interact via a Lennard-Jones potential are presented. The calculations of the elastic constants were performed in the frame of homogeneous deformations for a wide range of layer widths ranging from 2.24 up to 74.62 nm. The results showed that the relaxation of the atomic structure affects the elastic constants for the cases where more than 5% of atoms are located in the GB region. Also it was found that the way that external stresses are applied on the system affects the values of the obtained elastic properties, with the elastic constants related to the characteristic directions of the grain boundary being the most affected ones. The findings of this work are of interest for the fabrication methods of nanostructured materials, the measurement methods of their elastic properties as well as multiscale modeling schemes of nanostructured materials. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.