Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 55, Issue 9, pp 1976–1983 | Cite as

Molecular dynamics simulation of compression of single-layer graphene



The compression of a single-layer graphene sheet in the “zigzag” and “armchair” directions has been investigated using the molecular dynamics method. The distributions of the xy and yx stress components are calculated for atomic chains forming the graphene sheet. A graphene sheet stands significant compressive stresses in the “zigzag” direction and retains its integrity even at a strain of ∼0.35. At the same time, the stresses which accompany the compressive deformation of single-layer graphene in the “armchair” direction are more than an order in magnitude lower than corresponding characteristics for the “zigzag” direction. A compressive strain of ∼0.35 in the “armchair” direction fractures the graphene sheet into two parts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Industrial EcologyUral Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin (Ural State Technical University-UPI)YekaterinburgRussia

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