The mechanical response of single-walled and multiwalled carbon nanotubes to a series of external Ar atom impacts is examined with classical molecular dynamics simulations. The extent to which the carbon nanotubes deform in the direction perpendicular to their axis is found to depend on the amount of momentum transferred during the collisions. The details of the mechanical response and recovery of the nanotubes after release are also found to depend on the nanotube configurations.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Chemistry (miscellaneous)