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Title: On the mechanical properties and auxetic potential of various organic networked polymers
Authors: Grima, Joseph N.
Attard, Daphne
Cassar, Richard N.
Farrugia, Luke
Trapani, Lara
Gatt, Ruben
Keywords: Polymers -- Mechanical properties
Chemical models
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Grima, J. N., Attard, D., Cassar, R. N., Farrugia, L., Trapani, L., & Gatt, R. (2008). On the mechanical properties and auxetic potential of various organic networked polymers. Molecular Simulation, 34(10-15), 1-31.
Abstract: We simulate and analyse three types of two-dimensional networked polymers which have been predicted to exhibit on-axis auxetic behaviour (negative Poisson's ratio), namely (1) polyphenylacetylene networks that behave like flexing re-entrant honeycombs, commonly referred to as ‘reflexynes’, (2) polyphenylacetylene networks that mimic the behaviour of rotating triangles, commonly referred to as ‘polytriangles’ and (3) networked polymers built from calix[4]arene units. More specifically, we compute and compare their in-plane off-axis mechanical behaviour, in particular their off-axis Poisson's ratios and show that in some cases, the sign and magnitude of the Poisson's ratio are dependent on the direction of loading. We propose two functions that can provide a measure for the extent of auxeticity for such anisotropic materials and show that the polytriangles are predicted as the most auxetic when compared with the other networks with the reflexyne re-entrant networks being the least auxetic.
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