Bilinear responses and rippling morphologies of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under torsion

Xu Huang, Jian Zou, Sulin Zhang

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We present coarse-grained simulations of torsion induced rippling deformation morphology of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Our simulations reveal that beyond the torsional bifurcation, the rippling pattern propagates from outer to inner layers, with the two innermost layers acting as a hard core that hardly ripples. Despite the highly nonlinear rippling deformation, the mechanical response of MWCNTs follows a simple bilinear law, with a nearly constant ratio (∼60%) of post- to prerippling torsional rigidities. The bifurcation torsion scales inversely with the square of tube radius. This bilinear constitutive relation may be exploited by large-scale simulations of MWCNT-based materials and devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031915
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 4 2008


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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