Simulations of composite carbon films with nanotube inclusions

Fyta, M. G.; Kelires, P. C.
May 2005
Applied Physics Letters;5/9/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 19, p191916
Academic Journal
We study the interfacial structure, stability, and elastic properties of composite carbon films containing nanotubes. Our Monte Carlo simulations show that van der Waals forces play a vital role in shaping up the interfacial geometry, producing a curved graphitic wall surrounding the tubes. The most stable structures are predicted to have intermediate densities, high anisotropies, and increased elastic moduli compared to pure amorphous carbon films.


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