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Salehinia, Iman

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Core/shell metallic nanoparticles have been shown to be a promising material type for additive manufacturing in the aerospace and automotive fields. Within additive manufacturing they will be used to accurately make an array of nanoparticles within the grains of metal matrix composites. This in turn will help to strengthen the material while remaining ductility and light weight. In this study, copper/aluminum core/shell nanoparticles are compressed under [100], [110], [111], and [112] directions to showcase their anisotropic material properties. Models of their individual counterparts were also investigated. There are no previous works showing the deformation mechanisms of copper/aluminum core/shell nanoparticles. Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed using LAMMPS and visualized in OVITO to determine the dominant deformation mechanisms within each particle type and direction. It is found that the deformation mechanisms of core/shell nanoparticles are controlled by their individual counterparts, Schmid factors, and the core/shell interface.


124 pages




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