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Active responses of nanoparticle-polymer interface/interphase via the interfacial interaction redistribution

Guotong Wang, Ruijie Wang, Chengyuan Wang Orcid Logo, Chun Tang Orcid Logo, Faling Zhang

International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Volume: 243, Start page: 108030

Swansea University Author: Chengyuan Wang Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Physical responses of nanoparticle (NP)-polymer interphase/interface to external stimulus is a topic of great interest in nanocomposites. Previously, the interphase was tacitly assumed to have passive responses with constant material properties during deformation while the interface was mainly studi...

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Published in: International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
ISSN: 0020-7403
Published: Elsevier BV 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa62178
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Abstract: Physical responses of nanoparticle (NP)-polymer interphase/interface to external stimulus is a topic of great interest in nanocomposites. Previously, the interphase was tacitly assumed to have passive responses with constant material properties during deformation while the interface was mainly studied under hydrostatic loadings. To explore the unique features of the interphase we used a full-atom molecular dynamics simulation to monitor the evolution of its mass density and atomic stress profiles during deformation. A cohesive zone model was then used to define the key parameters for the NP-polymer interaction, which enable one to study the responses of the interface without spherical symmetry and understand the unique behavior of the stretched interphase/interface. The conceptual change has been achieved showing that an external strain can redistribute the NP-polymer interaction to affect the high compression in the interphase, the physical origin of the interface confinement effect in the nanocomposite. This eventually triggers the active responses of the interphase leading to the apparent strain-dependence of the mass density and some other properties. The redistribution of the interfacial interaction also brings about the stable, metastable and unstable status of the stretched interface characterized by the strain-dependent modulus and interface debonding.
Keywords: Nanoparticle-polymer interphase/interface; Cohesive zone model; Molecular dynamics simulations; Strain-dependent interphase properties; Nonlinear behavior of interface
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 12072134) and Jiangsu Funding Program for Excellent Postdoctoral Talent (Grant no. 2022ZB664)
Start Page: 108030