What Shell Theory fits Carbon Nanotubes

  • Antonino FavataEmail author
  • Paolo Podio–Guidugli
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 15)


We discuss what linearly elastic shell model would bestcapture the peculiarities of the mechanical response of carbonnanotubes, be they single- or multi-wall. We argue that, at themacroscopic scale, carbon nanotubes should be modeled asorthotropic cylindrical shells. An abridged presentation ofthe basic ingredients of such a shell theory is given.


Shell theory Carbon nanotube Orthotropic shell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria CivileUniversità di Roma Tor VergataRomaItaly

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