Numerical analyses for the atomistic-based shell theory of carbon nanotubes

J. Wu, Z. Zhang, B. Liu, K. C. Hwang, Y. Huang*

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A shell theory established from the interatomic potential for carbon nanotubes is compared with the atomistic simulations. This shell theory is implemented in the finite element program ABAQUS via its user-material subroutine UGENS for shells. The numerical results for the representative loadings of tension, torsion and bending agree well with the atomistic simulations, which provide direct validation of this atomistic-based shell theory for carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1879-1887
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of plasticity
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Carbon nanotube
  • Interatomic potential
  • Numerical method
  • Shell theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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