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Damage Mechanics of Carbon Nano Tubes Under Uniaxial Tension

[+] Author Affiliations
Cemal Basaran, Tarek Ragab

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Paper No. InterPACK2009-89005, pp. 513-516; 4 pages
  • ASME 2009 InterPACK Conference collocated with the ASME 2009 Summer Heat Transfer Conference and the ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability
  • ASME 2009 InterPACK Conference, Volume 1
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4359-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


A procedure is proposed for computing the stresses in an armchair Single-Walled Carbon NanoTube (SWCNT) under uniaxial tension. Computation is based on molecular dynamics simulations and the virial stress theorem. The proposed approach is compared with other methods used in the literature for calculating the stresses in CNTs. The loading is applied under two different boundary conditions and different strain rates and the results are compared. It is shown that the method commonly used in the literature for calculating the stresses in CNTs under estimates the ultimate strength by around 35%. It is shown that the value of the displacement increment used to apply the tensile strain is crucial.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Carbon , Nanotubes , Tension



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