|About this Abstract
||2020 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Functional Nanomaterials 2020: Translating Innovation into Pioneering Technologies
||Metastable Phase Transformation and Deformation Twinning Induced Hardening-stiffening Mechanism in Silicon Nanoparticles
||Yu Hong, Ning Zhang, Mohsen Asle Zaeem
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The compressive mechanical responses of silicon nanoparticles with respect to crystallographic orientations are investigated by atomistic simulations. Superelastic and abrupt hardening-stiffening behaviors are revealed in -, - and -oriented nanoparticles. The obtained hardness values of these particles are in good agreement with the experimental results. In particular, -oriented particle is extremely hard since its hardness (∼33.7 GPa) is almost three times greater than that of the bulk silicon (∼12 GPa). To understand the underlying deformation mechanisms, metastable phase transformation is detected in these particles. Deformation twinning of the metastable phase are observed to account for the early hardening-stiffening behavior in -oriented particles. The twin phase then coalescences and undergoes compression to resist further deformation, and leads to the subsequent re-hardening and re-stiffening events. The same metastable phase is also detected in - and -oriented particles. A size effect on hardness of silicon nanoparticles, i.e., “smaller is harder”, is revealed.
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