On the strength of graphene

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Failure of a single-atomic-layer graphene sheet is analyzed in plane tension under the varying biaxiality condition. The analysis is based on the combined use of continuum and molecular mechanics where the strain energy is expressed with the help of the Tersoff-Brenner atomistic potential. A critical failure surface is produced for strains in biaxial tension. It is found that the anisotropy of graphene has a pronounced effect on its strength.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number064501
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number6
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2012


  • Tersoff-Brenner potential
  • continuum mechanics
  • failure
  • graphene
  • strength

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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