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Materials 2012, 5(1), 47-84; doi:10.3390/ma5010047

Buckling of Carbon Nanotubes: A State of the Art Review

Division of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628, Japan
Received: 15 November 2011 / Revised: 19 December 2011 / Accepted: 20 December 2011 / Published: 28 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications)


The nonlinear mechanical response of carbon nanotubes, referred to as their “buckling” behavior, is a major topic in the nanotube research community. Buckling means a deformation process in which a large strain beyond a threshold causes an abrupt change in the strain energy vs. deformation profile. Thus far, much effort has been devoted to analysis of the buckling of nanotubes under various loading conditions: compression, bending, torsion, and their certain combinations. Such extensive studies have been motivated by (i) the structural resilience of nanotubes against buckling, and (ii) the substantial influence of buckling on their physical properties. In this contribution, I review the dramatic progress in nanotube buckling research during the past few years.
Keywords: nanocarbon material; nanomechanics; nonlinear deformation nanocarbon material; nanomechanics; nonlinear deformation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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