The effect of chirality and strain rate on mechanical properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) and CNT/epoxy composites

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© 2019 by DEStech Publications, Inc. and American Society for Composites. All rights reserved. The effect of strain rate and chirality on mechanical behavior of single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) and SWCNT/epoxy composite under tensile loadings was investigated using a computational molecular dynamics simulation and the Reactive Force Field. The analysis comprises the methodology employed to develop the molecular structures of SWCNTs and SWCNT/epoxy composites, the techniques for relaxing the materials systems, and the method utilized to characterize tensile parameters of the structures. The simulated results showed that the chirality of the SWCNTs as well as rate of deformation affect the Young’s modulus of both the SWCNTs and the SWCNT/epoxy composite.

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Proceedings of the American Society for Composites - 34th Technical Conference, ASC 2019