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MD investigation of the collective carbon atom behavior of a (17,0) zigzag single wall carbon nanotube under axial tensile strain

Ju, Shin-Pon and Weng, Meng-Hsiung and Wu, Wen-Shian (2010) MD investigation of the collective carbon atom behavior of a (17,0) zigzag single wall carbon nanotube under axial tensile strain. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (8). pp. 2979-2987.

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Abstract

The collective dynamic behavior of carbon atoms of a (17, 0) zigzag single wall carbon nanotube is investigated under tensile strains by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The "slip vector" parameter is used to study the collective motion of a group of atoms and the deformation behavior in three different directions (axial, radial, and tangential) of a (17, 0) carbon nanotube. The variations of radial slip vectors indicate almost all carbon atoms of the (17, 0) carbon nanotube will stay on the cylindrical surface before the yielding of the single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT). Furthermore, the tangential vectors show kinking deformation for the (17, 0) zigzag tube only rarely appears when the crack occurs. Non-symmetrical deformation around a carbon atom along the axial direction also can be found. The variations in the slip vector values of each atom display a symmetrical crack along the horizontal direction and normal to the tube axis. Chain-like structures with 3-4 atoms can be observed, with the number of chain-like structures decreasing before the breakage of the SWNT. The mechanical properties and dynamic behavior of a (17, 0) zigzag SWNT under tensile strain are also compared with that of a (10, 10) armchair tube in our previous study (Weng et al. 2009).

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:9924
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:26 Dec 2010 13:02
Last Modified:26 Dec 2010 13:02

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