The elastic modulus of single-wall carbon nanotubes: A continuum analysis incorporating interatomic potentials

P. Zhang, Y. Huang*, P. H. Geubelle, P. A. Klein, K. C. Hwang

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A nanoscale continuum theory is established to directly incorporate interatomic potentials into a continuum analysis without any parameter fitting. The theory links interatomic potentials and atomic structure of a material to a constitutive model on the continuum level. The theory is applied to study the linear elastic modulus of a single-wall carbon nanotube. The Young's modulus predicted by this nanoscale continuum theory agrees well with prior experimental results and atomistic studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3893-3906
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number13-14
StatePublished - Jul 3 2002



  • Carbon nanotube
  • Continuum analysis
  • Elastic modulus
  • Interatomic potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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