Superior flexibility of super carbon nanotubes: Molecular dynamics simulations

Zhao Qin, Xi Qiao Feng, Jian Zou, Yajun Yin, Shou Wen Yu

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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