Effective elastic properties of carbon nanotube reinforced composites Conference Paper uri icon


  • The use of continuum level micromechanics techniques to model carbon nanotube reinforced composites elastic properties, where the input was obtained from ab initio or molecular dynamics calculations to form a course multi-scale modeling effort was analyzed. The effective properties of carbon nanotubes were calculated using a modified composite cylinders micromechanics technique to treat the hollow nanotube as a transversely isotropic solid cylinder. The effective properties for single walled carbon nanotubes were found to be in good agreement with both experimental and theoretical results. It was observed that misalignment of said nanotubes within a polymer matrix could drastically reduce the effective composite properties obtainable.

published proceedings

  • Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Lagoudas, D. C., & Seidel, G. D

complete list of authors

  • Lagoudas, DC||Seidel, GD

publication date

  • December 2004