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Recent Studies on Buckling of Carbon Nanotubes

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C. M. Wang

Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Science Programme, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576, Singapore

Y. Y. Zhang1

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Fuzhou University, 350108, P. R. China; School of Engineering, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australiazyy915@gmail.com

Y. Xiang

School of Engineering, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia

J. N. Reddy

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 777843-3123


Corresponding author.

Appl. Mech. Rev 63(3), 030804 (Jul 02, 2010) (18 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4001936 History: Received March 15, 2010; Revised May 25, 2010; Published July 02, 2010; Online July 02, 2010

This paper reviews recent research studies on the buckling of carbon nanotubes. The structure and properties of carbon nanotubes are introduced to the readers. The various buckling behaviors exhibited by carbon nanotubes are also presented herein. The main factors, such as dimensions, boundary conditions, temperature, strain rate, and chirality, influencing the buckling behaviors are also discussed, as well as a brief introduction of the two most used methods for analyzing carbon nanotubes, i.e., continuum models and atomistic simulations. Summary and recommendations for future research are also given. Finally, a large body of papers is given in the reference section. It is hoped that this paper provides current knowledge on the buckling of carbon nanotubes, reviews the computational methods for determining the buckling loads, and inspires researchers to further investigate the buckling properties of carbon nanotubes for practical applications.

Copyright © 2010 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Figure 1

(a) Armchair, zigzag, and chiral SWNTs (from left to right). (b) The illustration of how a hexagonal sheet of graphite is “rolled” to form SWNTs of different chirality.

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Figure 2

The off-axis and top views of MWCNTs with three walls

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Figure 3

Two distinct buckling modes of SWCNTs under axial compression: shell-like initial buckling (a) and (b) post-buckling; beamlike initial buckling (c) and post-buckling (d)

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Figure 4

SWCNTs under bending: (a) before buckling and (b) buckling with a central kink

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Figure 5

SWCNT experiences gradual deformation under torsion

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Figure 6

Variations in critical strain with respect to L/d for slender SWCNTs

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Figure 7

Variations in critical strain with respect to diameter for stocky SWCNTs

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Figure 8

Variation in critical strain of (5,5) and (7,7) SWCNTs with respect to aspect ratio L/d



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