Finite element modelling of the mechanics of discrete carbon nanotubes filled with ZnS and comparison with experimental observations

André O. Monteiro, Pedro M. F. J. Da Costa, Paulo Barreto Cachim

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Abstract

The mechanical response to a uniaxial compressive force of a single carbon nanotube (CNT) filled (or partially-filled) with ZnS has been modelled. A semi-empirical approach based on the finite element method was used whereby modelling outcomes were closely matched to experimental observations. This is the first example of the use of the continuum approach to model the mechanical behaviour of discrete filled CNTs. In contrast to more computationally demanding methods such as density functional theory or molecular dynamics, our approach provides a viable and expedite alternative to model the mechanics of filled multi-walled CNTs. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-653
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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