Special Issue "Mechanics of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Kamil Żur
Guest Editor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bialystok University of Technology, Wiejska 45C, 15-351 Bialystok, Poland
Interests: Linear and non-linear mechanics of composite structures in macro, micro, and nano scales; Vibration, stability, stress, wave propagation analyses; Nonlocal continuum mechanics; Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS); Smart materials and structures; Composite materials; Nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanostructures have shown great potential to be used as the building components of many nanoelectromechanical and microelectromechanical systems. In a remarkable number of these ultrasmall devices, understanding the mechanical characteristics is crucial in order to improve the efficiency of the target system. Overall, there are three main approaches for obtaining the mechanical characteristics at nanoscales: 1) experimental techniques, 2) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, and 3) size-dependent continuum modelling. The second and third approaches are commonly utilised as theoretical tools to explain the underlying reasons behind experimentally observed patterns, and to extract the mechanical characteristics where performing reliable experiments is hard.  

In this Special Issue, recently developed experimental techniques, MD simulations, and size-dependent continuum models of structural elements at nanoscales will be discussed. Nanoscale structural elements include but are not limited to carbon nanotubes, sliver nanobeams, piezoelectric nanowires, boron nitride nanotubes, and graphene sheets. Possible directions for future works on the mechanical behaviour of structures at nanoscales based on different nonlocal elasticity theories will also be highlighted. In particular, original and review articles about the mechanical properties of nanostructures and their responses to multifield loads are welcomed.

Dr. Krzysztof Kamil Żur
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanostructures
  • nanobeams
  • nanotubes
  • nanorods
  • nanoplates
  • nanoshells
  • MD simulations
  • nonlocal elasticity theories
  • experimental measurement
  • magneto-electro-elastic couplings
  • mechanical properties
  • buckling
  • vibration
  • bending
  • wave propagation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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