Size-dependent elastic properties of crystalline polymers via a molecular mechanics model

Junhua Zhao, Wanlin Guo, Zhiliang Zhang, Timon Rabczuk

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Abstract

An analytical molecular mechanics model is developed to obtain the size-dependent elastic properties of crystalline polyethylene. An effective "stick-spiral" model is adopted in the polymer chain. Explicit equations are derived from the Lennard-Jones potential function for the van der Waals force between any two polymer chains. By using the derived formulas, the nine size-dependent elastic constants are investigated systematically. The present analytical results are in reasonable agreement with those from present united-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The established analytical model provides an efficient route for mechanical characterization of crystalline polymers and related materials toward nanoelectromechanical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number241902
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume99
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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