Crack healing in nanocrystalline palladium Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Ltd We present molecular dynamics simulations that demonstrate crack healing induced by external mechanical loading in three-dimensional models of nanocrystalline palladium. This behavior is due to the interaction of a crack with internal stresses in the surrounding microstructure. Our observations illustrate the importance of accounting for microstructurally-induced internal stresses when predicting the behavior of nano-scale cracks under mechanical loading. They also motivate further work to determine whether internal damage in hard matter may be mitigated by designing microstructures that heal cracks during mechanical loading.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, G., & Demkowicz, M. J.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Xu, Guoqiang||Demkowicz, Michael J

publication date

  • September 2016