Consideration of critical axial properties of pristine and defected carbon nanotubes under compression

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Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2012, 12 (6), pp. 5025 - 5029
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Carbon nanotubes are hexagonally configured carbon atoms in cylindrical structures. Exceptionally igh mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, surface area, thermal stability and optical transparency of carbon nanotubes outperformed other known materials in numerous advanced applications. However, their mechanical behaviors under practical loading conditions remain to be demonstrated. This study investigates the critical axial properties of pristine and defected single-and multi-walled carbon nanotubes under axial compression. Molecular dynamics simulation method has been employed to consider the destructive effects of Stone-Wales and atom vacancy defects on mechanical properties of armchair and zigzag carbon nanotubes under compressive loading condition. Armchair carbon nanotube shows higher axial stability than zigzag type. Increase in wall number leads to less susceptibility of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to defects and higher stability of them under axial compression. Atom vacancy defect reveals higher destructive effect than Stone-Wales defect on mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes. Critical axial strain of single-walled arbon nanotube declines by 67% and 26% due to atom vacancy and Stone-Wales defects. Copyright © 2012 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.
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