Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Microcrack Healing in Copper Nano-Plate
The molecular dynamics method is used to simulate microcrack healing in copper nano-plate during heating. During microcrack healing, the tip of microcrack is blunted and deforms to round shape, the microcrack becomes smaller and smaller until it is healed through slip bands emitting from the pre-crack tip and expanding to the top and bottom of the copper nano-plate. The healing time is different in different temperature. The healing processes in different temperature present different slip bands for crack healing. When temperature is below 650K, the healing time decreases dramatically with temperature increase. When temperature is above 650K, the healing time decreases smoothly with temperature increase. The critical temperature of microcrack healing in copper nano-plate without pre-existing dislocations is about 400K.
Chunliang Zhang and Liangchi Zhang
M. F. Wang et al., "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Microcrack Healing in Copper Nano-Plate", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 531-532, pp. 454-457, 2013