The discovery of buckling instability and vibration of polyethylene (PE)/carbon nanotube (CNT) matrices is reported by molecular mechanics simulations. The buckling strains and the resonance frequencies are found to decrease with an increase in the number of polyethylene chains in the polyethylene/carbon nanotube matrices. The van der Waals forces between the polyethylene chains and the carbon nanotube in matrices are investigated to provide physical interpretations on the findings.
Buckling and Vibration of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in Polyethylene Polymers
Manuscript received April 10, 2012; final manuscript received June 14, 2012; published online September 24, 2012. Assoc. Editor: Henry Hess.
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Shi, D., Wang, Q., Varadan, V. K., and Duan, W. (September 24, 2012). "Buckling and Vibration of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in Polyethylene Polymers." ASME. J. Nanotechnol. Eng. Med. May 2012; 3(2): 020905. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4007538
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