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Nano-composite insert in 1D waveguides for control of elastic power flow

Vignesh, P. S and Mitra, Mira and Gopalakrishnan, S. (2007) Nano-composite insert in 1D waveguides for control of elastic power flow. Nanotechnology, 18 (3). 035706. ISSN 09574484

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In this paper, carbon nanotube embedded polymer composite/nano-composites are used to regulate power flow from its source to other parts of the structure. This is done by inserting nano-composite strips in the waveguides which are modelled here as isotropic Euler–Bernoulli beams with axial, transverse and rotational degrees of freedom. The power flow is due to wave propagation resulting from a high frequency broadband impulse load. The underlying concept is that the high stiffness of the insert reduces the wave transmission between different parts of the structures. The simulations are done using a wavelet based spectral finite element (WSFE) technique which is specially tailored for such high frequency wave propagation analysis. Numerical experiments are performed to illustrate the use of inserts in maintaining the power flow in a certain region of the structure below a given threshold value which may be specified depending on various applications. The effects of parameters such as the volume fraction of carbon nanotube (CNT) in the polymer, and the length and position of the inserts are also studied. These studies help in defining the optimal volume fraction of CNT and length of the insert for a specified structural configuration.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:5610
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:11 Aug 2009 07:21
Last Modified:11 Aug 2009 07:21

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