Collective Behaviour of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes: from a Single Tube towards Complex Networks
In this chapter we discuss the mechanical behaviour of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) also known as carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays, bundles, brushes, foams, forests, mats, and turfs. VACNTs are complex, hierarchical structures of intertwined tubes arrayed in a nominally vertical alignment due to their perpendicular growth from a stiff substrate. They are a unique class of materials having many of the desirable thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of individual carbon nanotubes, while exhibiting these properties through the collective interaction of thousands of tubes on a macroscopic scale.
KeywordsCarbon Nanotubes Chemical Vapour Deposition Growth Flat Punch Pillar Height Advance Functional Material
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