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Mechanical properties of the elemental nanocomponents of nacre structure

Stempflé, Philippe and Pantalé, Olivier and Rousseau, Marthe and Lopez, Evelyne and Bourrat, Xavier Mechanical properties of the elemental nanocomponents of nacre structure. (2010) Materials Science and Engineering C, 30 (5). 715-721. ISSN 0928-4931

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2010.03.003


Sheet nacre is a nanocomposite with a multiscale structure displaying a lamellar “bricks and mortar” microarchitecture. In this latter, the brick refer to aragonite platelets and the mortar to a soft organic biopolymer. However, it appears that each brick is also a nanocomposite constituted as CaCO3 nanoparticles reinforced organic composite material. What is the role of this “intracrystalline” organic phase in the deformation of platelet? How does this nanostructure control the mechanical behaviour of sheet nacre at the macroscale? To answer these questions, the mechanical properties of each nanocomponents are successively investigated and computed using spherical and sharp nanoindentation tests combined with a structural model of the organomineral platelets built from AFM investigations.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques - ENSMM (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle - MNHN (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6 - UPMC (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Franche-Comté (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard - UTBM (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières - BRGM (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Henri Poincaré-Nancy1 - UHP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université d'Orléans (FRANCE)
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