This paper studies the buckling phenomena and mechanical behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) via molecular dynamics simulations. The Tersoff interatomic C-C potential is adopted. Using a dimensionless parameter, slenderness ratio (S R, the ratio of length to diameter), we investigate the mechanical behavior of long and short nanotubes under compression through their buckling modes, total strain energy and strain energy density, as well as post-buckling. The curvatures of strain energy provide a means to measure the Young's modulus of the nanotubes. Moreover, jumps in either the strain energy or strain energy density indicate identical mechanical buckling strains, and are studied in relation to buckling modes. In our simulations, a transition time is observed for short nanotubes to reach stable vase-like buckling mode, indicating a time-dependent property of nanotubes. Furthermore, nanotubes with small S R can bear higher compressive load after their first buckling. In addition, nanotubes with same chirality exhibit roughly the same elastic modulus, regardless of their lengths, when applied compressive strains are less than 5% strain. However, long nanotubes show smaller buckling strength. Effects of temperature at 300 K on buckling strength for SWNT are also discussed in connection to our present study at 1 K.
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