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Sign change of Poisson's ratio for carbon nanotube sheets

Hall, Lee J. and Coluci, Vitor R. and Galvao, Douglas S. and Kozlov, Mikhail E. and Zhang, Mei and Dantas, Socrates O. and Baughman, Ray H. (2008) Sign change of Poisson's ratio for carbon nanotube sheets. SCIENCE, 320 (5875). pp. 504-507.

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Most materials shrink laterally like a rubber band when stretched, so their Poisson's ratios are positive. Likewise, most materials contract in all directions when hydrostatically compressed and decrease density when stretched, so they have positive linear compressibilities. We found that the in- plane Poisson's ratio of carbon nanotube sheets ( buckypaper) can be tuned from positive to negative by mixing single- walled and multiwalled nanotubes. Density- normalized sheet toughness, strength, and modulus were substantially increased by this mixing. A simple model predicts the sign and magnitude of Poisson's ratio for buckypaper from the relative ease of nanofiber bending and stretch, and explains why the Poisson's ratios of ordinary writing paper are positive and much larger. Theory also explains why the negative in- plane Poisson's ratio is associated with a large positive Poisson's ratio for the sheet thickness, and predicts that hydrostatic compression can produce biaxial sheet expansion. This tunability of Poisson's ratio can be exploited in the design of sheet- derived composites, artificial muscles, gaskets, and chemical and mechanical sensors.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:276
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:24 Nov 2008 14:53
Last Modified:03 Feb 2009 11:58

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