Faculty mentor: Pania Newell
I investigated the effect of pore shape and pre-existing fracture orientation on the mechanical properties of amorphous silica. I simulated silica under load at the nano-scale with three pore shapes and three fracture angles and measured different properties, including Young’s Modulus and max stress. Due to where the silica cracks, I conclude that there is a coupling effect occurring; however, more research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms, such as bond breakage patterns.
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