Properties of novel fullerene tubule structures: a computational study

Susan B. Sinnott, Carter T. White, Donald W. Brenner

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Theoretical Young's moduli have been estimated for several fullerene carbon tubule fibers along the tubule axis. These results indicate that carbon fibers composed of nested tubules could have a modulus nearly 1.4 times that of a conventional graphite whisker. The results also indicate that the modulus of the tubule fiber can be further increased by decreasing the distance between the close-packed tubules in the fiber. This is true for both nested and single-shell tubules, but is only significant for the latter. Taking advantage of this property of single-shell tubules, we have examined a hypothetical tubule-diamond composite that, if it could be produced, would yield a modulus greater than diamond while at the same time stabilizing the fiber against shear distortions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1994 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1994Nov 30 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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