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Superior flexibility of super carbon nanotubes: Molecular dynamics simulations

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5 Author(s)
Qin, Zhao ; Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China ; Xi-Qiao Feng ; Zou, Jian ; Yin, Yajun
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Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study the mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms of the so-called super carbon tubes (SCTs), a recently developed network material made by conjoined single- or multiwalled carbon nanotubes. It is found that such SCTs exhibit some unusual mechanical properties distinctly different from individual carbon nanotubes. The rupture strain of SCTs reaches more than 30%, more than three times that of single-walled carbon nanotubes. This study suggests that SCTs might be used as advanced materials with extremely low mass density and high flexibility.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:91 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 2007

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