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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 12187
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Multiscale modeling of graphene- and nanotube-based reinforced polymer nanocomposites
  Author(s): 
1 . Abbas Montazeri
2 . Hashem Rafii Tabar
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Lett. A
  No.:  45
  Vol.:  375
  Year:  2011
  Pages:   7
  Publisher(s):   Elsevier B.V.
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
A combination of molecular dynamics, molecular structural mechanics, and finite element method is employed to compute the elastic constants of a polymeric nanocomposite embedded with graphene sheets, and carbon nanotubes. The model is first applied to study the effect of inclusion of graphene sheets on the Young modulus of the composite. To explore the significance of the nanofiller geometry, the elastic constants of nanotube-based and graphene-based polymer composites are computed under identical conditions. The reinforcement role of these nanofillers is also investigated in transverse directions. Moreover, the dependence of the nanocomposite?s axial Young modulus on the presence of ripples on the surface of the embedded graphene sheets, due to thermal fluctuations, is examined via MD simulations. Finally, we have also studied the effect of sliding motion of graphene layers on the elastic constants of the nanocomposite.

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