Shell-Models for Multi-Layer Carbon Nano-Particles

  • Melanie TodtEmail author
  • Franz G. Rammerstorfer
  • Markus A. Hartmann
  • Oskar Paris
  • Franz D. Fischer
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 15)


In many cases continuum mechanics has proved to be an appropriate method for investigating the mechanical behavior of carbon nanostructures reducing the computational requirements compared to atomistic methods significantly. The main modeling issues arising in continuum mechanics modeling of multi-layer carbon nanostructures are briefly discussed. These issues involve the continuum modeling of (i) the atomic layers, (ii) the covalent interlayer bonds, (iii) the van der Waals interactions, and (iv) the excess surface energy due to curvature. Continuum mechanics methods in conjunction with the finite element method are applied to investigate the compressive behavior of carbon crystallites and a possible growth limit of carbon onions.


Nanomechanics Layered structures Stability Computational modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie Todt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Franz G. Rammerstorfer
    • 1
  • Markus A. Hartmann
    • 2
  • Oskar Paris
    • 2
  • Franz D. Fischer
    • 2
  1. 1.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Montanuniversitat LeobenLeobenAustria

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