Force distribution and offset configuration for carbon nanotubes

F. Alisafaei, R. Ansari, H. Rouhi

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In this study, a novel semi-analytical approach is presented to evaluate the preferred position of an offset inner single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) with reference to the cross-section of outer one. Moreover, on the basis of the continuum method utilized together with Lennard-Jones potential function, suction energy and acceptance condition for a SWCNT entering the outer one are investigated. Using netting analysis, the optimum configuration is determined to minimize the potential energy. To obtain the nature of interaction force, a universal potential curve is presented for an offset inner tube entering various semi-infinite outer ones. Lastly, based on the direct method, the mechanics of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) is investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1250014
JournalInternational Journal of Nanoscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Force distribution
  • Offset configuration
  • Potential energy


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