Ductile and Brittle Failure in Metals with Molecular Dynamics

By Sam Reeve1, Alejandro Strachan2

1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA 2. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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In this computational lab you will perform online molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of nanoscale cracks under uniaxial tension through nanoHUB. Simulations with varying temperature and crystal structure will provide information to:

  • Distinguish the atomistic mechanisms of ductile and brittle failure and the relationship with temperature
  • Examine changes in crack propagation with crack length


This module uses the Nanomaterial Mechanics Explorer: https://nanohub.org/tools/nanomatmech

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Sam Reeve, Alejandro Strachan (2019), "Ductile and Brittle Failure in Metals with Molecular Dynamics," https://nanohub.org/resources/30008.

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