Mechanical buckling of multi-walled carbon nanotubes: The effects of slenderness ratio

Jian Ming Lu, Chi Chuang Hwang, Qu Yuan Kuo, Yun Che Wang

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Buckling strengths, in terms of compressive strain, of single-, double- and triple-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are investigated to study the effects of slenderness ratio (SR) via the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with the Tersoff potential. Under constant ratio of slenderness, the CNTs with small SR behave like a continuum shell object. For large SR's, multi-walled CNTs exhibit the characteristics of the Euler columns. In addition, smaller nanotubes possess higher buckling-resistance. The buckling strength of multi-walled nanotubes is controlled by the size of their outermost shell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1308
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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