Wavelike rippling in multiwalled carbon nanotubes under pure bending

Nikiforov, I.; Zhang, D.-B.; James, R. D.; Dumitrică, T.
March 2010
Applied Physics Letters;3/22/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 12, p123107
Academic Journal
Objective molecular dynamics is used to systematically investigate elastic bending in carbon nanotubes up to 4.2 nm in diameter. A contrasting behavior is revealed: While single-wall tubes buckle in a gradual way, with a clear intermediate regime before they fully buckle, multiwalled tubes with closed cores exhibit a rate- and size-independent direct transition to an unusual wavelike mode with a 1 nm characteristic length. This rippling mode has a nearly-linear bending response and causes a ∼35% reduction in the stiffness of the thickest multiwalled tubes.


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