Special Issue "Mechanical Behaviors and Interactions of Nanostructures with Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 988

Special Issue Editor

Department of Civil Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Valiasr Ave., Tehran P.O. Box 15875-4416, Iran
Interests: nonlinear dynamics; size-dependent continuum mechanics; mathematical modeling of nanostructures; dynamic instability; meshfree analysis; multi-physical fields induced vibrations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanostructures, like carbon and boron nitride nanotubes, graphene and boron nitride sheets, and both non-metallic and metallic nanowires, have numerous potential applications in various fields of sciences and technologies, including health science, strain and mechanical nanosensors, and hydrogen storage. In most of these particular applications, these tiny elements could interact with the in-contact nanoparticles (in both statics and moving states) due to the weight and inertia forces of nanoparticles and the existence of bonds, mostly van der Waals forces between the nanoparticles and the nanostructure. As a result, the nanoparticles are capable of altering the mechanical responses/behaviour of their host nanostructures through special mechanisms, which their explorations are of concern here by employing size-dependent continuum mechanics.

Until now, the role of the above interactions on several structural responses of nanostructures with/subjected to nanoparticles (vibrations, buckling, and static deformations) have been examined in special cases via advanced theories of elasticity; however, there are still many unexplained problems in this vast realm of the applied mechanics that require the further attention of investigators. Herein, both analytical and numerical models for exploring the raised nanomechanical problems are highly welcomed, particularly those deal with both symmetrical and asymmetrical aspects of the mechanical responses of nanostructure-nanoparticle systems.

A very pivotal exploration strategy is also seeking the symmetry between the mathematical modeling description and the atomistic-based simulations to verify the fundamental theories/models in these areas in order to achieve a comprehensive realization.

This Special Issue of Symmetry seeks to show the great significance of expressing new ideas and conducting research. The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Beam-, plate-, and shell-like nanostructures for nanoparticle delivery;
  • Ensembles of nanotubes with attached nanoparticles as physical sensors;
  • Nanostructures with in-contact nanoparticles under multi-physical fields;
  • Nanostructures–nanoparticle-systems in a moving state;
  • Nonlinear mechanical aspects of nanoparticle–nanostructure interactions.

This planned issue of Symmetry aims to encourage scholars to conduct research on mechanical interactions of nanostructures with nanoparticles in the above context and to submit their research reports in this interesting field, hence presenting the great significance of new ideas. Papers that employ the symmetry or asymmetry concept in their methodologies, achieved results, and discussion in the fields of interactions between nanostructures and nanoparticles, even the review articles and short communications, are highly welcomed. We also welcome scholars in related fields to contribute their latest research results to this Special Issue.

Dr. Keivan Kiani
Guest Editor

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  • vibrations
  • mechanical response
  • nanoparticles
  • nanostructures
  • static and dynamic instabilities
  • mechanical interactions
  • advanced continuum mechanics

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Dynamic Response of an Elastic Tube-like Nanostructure Embedded in a Vibrating Medium and under the Action of Moving Nano-Objects
Symmetry 2023, 15(10), 1827; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym15101827 - 26 Sep 2023
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In recent years, researchers have looked at how tube-like nanostructures respond to moving loads and masses. However, no one has explored the scenario of a nanostructure embedded in a vibrating medium used for moving nano-objects. In this study, the governing equations of the [...] Read more.
In recent years, researchers have looked at how tube-like nanostructures respond to moving loads and masses. However, no one has explored the scenario of a nanostructure embedded in a vibrating medium used for moving nano-objects. In this study, the governing equations of the problem are methodically derived using the nonlocal elasticity of Eringen as well as the Rayleigh and Reddy–Bickford beam theories. Analytical and numerical solutions are developed for capturing the nonlocal dynamic deflection of the nanostructure based on the moving nanoforce approach (excluding the inertia effect) and the moving nanomass approach (including the inertia effect), respectively. The results predicted by the established models are successfully verified with those of other researchers in some special cases. The results reveal that for low velocities of the moving nano-object in the absence of the medium excitation, the midspan deflection of the simply supported nanotube exhibits an almost symmetric time-history curve; however, by increasing the nano-object velocity or the medium excitation amplitude, such symmetry is violated, mainly due to the lateral inertia of the moving nano-object, as displayed by the corresponding three-dimensional plots. The study addresses the effects of the mass and velocity of the moving nano-object, amplitude, and frequency of the medium excitation, and the lateral and rotational stiffness of the nearby medium in contact with the nanostructure on the maximum dynamic deflection. The achieved results underscore the significance of considering both the inertial effect of the moving nano-object and the shear effect of stocky nanotubes embedded in vibrating media. This research can serve as a strong basis for conducting further investigations into the vibrational properties of more intricate tube-shaped nanosystems that are embedded in a vibrating medium, with the aim of delivering nano-objects. Full article
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