Fatigue failure mechanisms of single-walled carbon nanotube ropes embedded in epoxy

Ren, Y.; Fu, Y. Q.; Liao, K.; Li, F.; Cheng, H. M.
April 2004
Applied Physics Letters;4/12/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 15, p2811
Academic Journal
In this work, fatigue failure mechanisms of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundles embedded in epoxy matrix under repeated tensile load were studied. Observed damage and failure modes include: (1) splitting of SWCNT bundles, (2) kink formation and subsequent failure in SWCNTs, and (3) fracture of SWCNT bundles. Patterns of crack propagation under tension in SWCNTs were studied by molecular mechanics simulations, where defect-free SWCNTs and SWCNTs with two different modes of Stone–Wales defects were studied. It is demonstrated by the results of molecular mechanics simulation that the observed fracture surfaces of SWCNT can be reproduced reasonably well, suggesting possible fatigue failure mechanisms of SWCNT in the composite. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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