Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

  • Boris I. Yakobson
  • Phaedon Avouris
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 80)


This paper presents an overview of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes, starting from the linear elastic parameters, nonlinear elastic instabilities and buckling, and the inelastic relaxation, yield strength and fracture mechanisms. A summary of experimental findings is followed by more detailed discussion of theoretical and computational models for the entire range of the deformation amplitudes. Non-covalent forces (supra-molecular interactions) between the nanotubes and with the substrates are also discussed, due to their significance in potential applications.


Atomic Force Microscope Carbon Nanotubes Adhesion Energy Graphene Shell Single Graphene Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris I. Yakobson
    • 1
  • Phaedon Avouris
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials ScienceRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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