Nanoindentation of Zr by Molecular Dynamics Simulation

Published: November 23rd, 2015

Category: Recent Publications

Z. Lu, A. Chernatynskiy, M, J. Noordhoek, S. B. Sinnott and S. R. Phillpot, Nanoindentation of Zr by Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 467, 72 (2015).

Molecular dynamics simulations of nanoindentation are used to study the deformation behaviors of single crystal Zr for four different surface orientations. The comparison of results for two different potentials, an embedded atom method potential and a charged optimized many body potential, reveals the influence of stable and unstable stacking fault energy on dislocation behaviors under nanoindentation. The load-displacement curve, hardness and deformation behaviors of the various surface orientations Zr are compared and the elastic and plastic deformation behaviors are analyzed.