On Nanobuckling of Monomolecular Layers Adhering to a Substrate

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A. Chiskis, R. Parnes

Department of Mechanics, Materials and Structures, Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel

J. Appl. Mech 66(1), 51-54 (Mar 01, 1999) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2789168 History: Received July 01, 1998; Revised October 08, 1998; Online October 25, 2007


It is shown that the first buckling mode corresponding to the lowest buckling force of a plane monomolecular layer glued to a substrate may not be smooth. The resulting saw-like configuration of neighboring molecules leads to corrugation on a molecular level and we name such a phenomenon nanobuckling . A criterion governing this smooth—not smooth transition is derived. The model presented may also describe surface instability of a perfect crystal due to contraction.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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