Atomistic and continuum studies of flaw tolerant nanostructures in biological systems

Markus J. Buehler, Haimin Yao, Baohua Ji, Huajian Gao

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The verification and fundamental design concepts of structural links in biological bulk and surface materials, using multi-million atomistic simulations, were focused. The flaw tolerant design of biocomposites, where a long crack embedded in a thin strip of material, was discussed. The design of biological contact elements for optimal adhesion was also described. The atomistic simulations reveal a smooth transition between Griffith mode of failure via crack propagation to uniform bond rupture at theoretical strength below a nanometer critical length. The atomistic simulations support the hypothesis that materials become insensitive to flaws below a critical nanometer length scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberY1.8
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventMechanical Properties of Bioinspired and Biological Materials - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 29 Nov 20042 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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