Sintering of aluminum nanoparticles: A molecular dynamics study

J. S. Raut, R. B. Bhagat, K. A. Fichthorn

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Molecular-dynamics simulations have been used to study the consolidation of nanoparticles of aluminum. We have studied two- and three-particle sintering as it is influenced by temperature, particle size and crystallographic orientation. We have elucidated the dominant transport mechanisms by measuring the shear stresses that develop in the contact regions and the mobilities of the surface and core atoms during sintering. Our studies demonstrate that increasing the particles size slows down the sintering kinetics. The extent of interpenetration of the particles is independent of the particle size and is a function of the temperature of the particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-851
Number of pages15
JournalNanostructured Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 TMS Annual Meeting & Exposition - San Antonio, TX, USA
Duration: Feb 15 1998Feb 19 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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