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Applied Physics A

, Volume 103, Issue 1, pp 103-112

Nonlocal plate model for nonlinear bending of single-layer graphene sheets subjected to transverse loads in thermal environments

  • Hui-Shen ShenAffiliated withDepartment of Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityState Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Email author 
  • , Le ShenAffiliated withDepartment of Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • , Chen-Li ZhangAffiliated withDepartment of Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Abstract

This paper investigates the nonlinear bending behavior of a single-layer rectangular graphene sheet subjected to a transverse uniform load in thermal environments. The single-layer graphene sheet (SLGS) is modeled as a nonlocal orthotropic plate which contains small scale effect. Geometric nonlinearity in the von Kármán sense is adopted. The thermal effects are included and the material properties are assumed to be size dependent and temperature dependent, and are obtained from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The small scale parameter e 0 a is estimated by matching the deflections of graphene sheets observed from the MD simulation results with the numerical results obtained from the nonlocal plate model. The numerical results show that the temperature change as well as the aspect ratio has a significant effect on the nonlinear bending behavior of SLGSs. The results reveal that the small scale parameter reduces the static large deflections of SLGSs, and the small scale effect also plays an important role in the nonlinear bending of SLGSs.