Influence of nanoparticle size, loading, and shape on the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites.

@article{Kutvonen2012InfluenceON,
  title={Influence of nanoparticle size, loading, and shape on the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites.},
  author={Aki Kutvonen and Giulia Rossi and Sakari R. Puisto and Niko K. J. Rostedt and Tapio Ala‐Nissila},
  journal={The Journal of chemical physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={137 21},
  pages={
          214901
        }
}
We study the influence of spherical, triangular, and rod-like nanoparticles on the mechanical properties of a polymer nanocomposite (PNC), via coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. We focus on how the nanoparticle size, loading, mass, and shape influence the PNC's elastic modulus, stress at failure and resistance against cavity formation and growth, under external stress. We find that in the regime of strong polymer-nanoparticle interactions, the formation of a polymer network via… 

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