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A Systematic Molecular Dynamics Investigation on the Graphene Polymer Nanocomposites for Bulletproofing

Hamidreza Noori1, Bohayra Mortazavi2, 3, Alessandro Di Pierro4, Emad Jomehzadeh5, Xiaoying Zhuang2, 3, Zi Goangseup6, Kim Sang-Hyun7, Timon Rabczuk8, 9, *

1 Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar, D-99423, Germany.
2 Chair of Computational Science and Simulation Technology, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, 30157, Germany.
3 Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD (Photonics, Optics, and Engineering-Innovation Across Disciplines), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany.
4 Dipartimento di ScienzaApplicata e Tecnologia, Politecnico di Torino, Alessandria Campus, Alessandria, 15121, Italy.
5 Faculty of Mechanical and Material Engineering, Graduate University of Advanced Technology, Kerman, Iran.
6 School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
7 Chief Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering R&D Lab, LIG Nex1, Seung Nam, Korea.
8 Division of Computational Mechanics, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
9 Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

* Corresponding Author: Timon Rabczuk. Email: .

Computers, Materials & Continua 2020, 65(3), 2009-2032.


In modern physics and fabrication technology, simulation of projectile and target collision is vital to improve design in some critical applications, like; bulletproofing and medical applications. Graphene, the most prominent member of two dimensional materials presents ultrahigh tensile strength and stiffness. Moreover, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is one of the most important elastomeric materials with a high extensive application area, ranging from medical, fabric, and interface material. In this work we considered graphene/PDMS structures to explore the bullet resistance of resulting nanocomposites. To this aim, extensive molecular dynamic simulations were carried out to identify the penetration of bullet through the graphene and PDMS composite structures. In this paper, we simulate the impact of a diamond bullet with different velocities on the composites made of single- or bi-layer graphene placed in different positions of PDMS polymers. The underlying mechanism concerning how the PDMS improves the resistance of graphene against impact loading is discussed. We discuss that with the same content of graphene, placing the graphene in between the PDMS result in enhanced bullet resistance. This work comparatively examines the enhancement in design of polymer nanocomposites to improve their bulletproofing response and the obtained results may serve as valuable guide for future experimental and theoretical studies.


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H. Noori, B. Mortazavi, A. Di Pierro, E. Jomehzadeh, X. Zhuang et al., "A systematic molecular dynamics investigation on the graphene polymer nanocomposites for bulletproofing," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 65, no.3, pp. 2009–2032, 2020.


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