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Real-time deformation of individual multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) was investigated using an atomic force microscopy (AFM) stage installed inside the chamber of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) system. These in situ AFM-TEM experiments were conducted in following two deformation regimes: a small-angle (∼65°) and a large-angle (∼120°) cyclic bending process. BNNTs survived from the low-angle test and their modulus was determined as ∼0.5 TPa. Fracture failure of individual BNNTs was discovered in the large-angle cyclic bending. The brittle failure mechanism was initiated from the outermost walls and propagated toward the tubular axis with discrete drops of applied forces

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Journal of Applied Physics


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