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|Jerome Colin, Sami Hamade, Guillaume Parry, Christophe Coupeau, Alain Cimetiere and Jean Grilhe|
|University of Poitiers, France|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng|
|In the first part, the formation of donut and croissant-like buckles that have been observed onto the free-surface of strained gold thin films deposited on silicon substrates (see figure 1) has been studied from a static point of view by means of finite element simulations. Taking into account the combined effects of the atmospheric pressure applying onto the upper free-surface of the films and of the plastic folding at the circumference of the blisters, the different morphologies of the buckles have been explained. A “shape” diagram for the buckles has been provided as a function of the pressure and of the internal compression strain. The shape and width of the blisters numerically obtained and experimentally observed have been finally analyzed and have been found to match (see figure 2). In the second part, the propagation of the buckles appearing onto the surface of the gold thin films on silicon substrates has been investigated from a dynamical point of view, in the case where atomic steps are present at the film-substrate interface. Although it has only been experimentally observed that the buckles always propagate along the steps on the surface of gold films, the conditions on the internal compression strain in the films, the orientation of the steps with respect to the buckles and the step heights have been determined for the step crossing or step following phenomena. A “propagation” diagram is finally provided versus the angle between the steps and the compression strain and the step height H (see figure 3). Figure 1: Experimental observations of donut and croissant-like buckles on the surface of a gold thin film deposited on a silicon substrate. 2: Comparison of experimental observations and numerical simulations for buckles on a gold thin film deposited on a silicon substrate. 3: Propagation diagram for buckles on a stepped interface between a gold thin film and a silicon substrate.|
Jérôme Colin works in the field of the Mechanics of Materials and Materials Science. He is involved in the modeling of the mechanical properties of nano-structured materials, thin films on substrates and coatings. More precisely, he has constructed models in the framework of the elasticity and thermodynamics theories, to characterize the morphological evolution of layers under strain, the formation of atomic defects such as dislocations in strained nanostructures or the delamination and buckling of thin films on substrates.
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