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Laminates: Developments in the Multiscale Analysis of Multifunctional Nanocomposite Materials

  1. J. N. Reddy,
  2. V. Unnikrishnan

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc120

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

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Reddy, J. N. and Unnikrishnan, V. 2011. Laminates: Developments in the Multiscale Analysis of Multifunctional Nanocomposite Materials. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–8.

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  1. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2011


Analysis of multiscale nanocomposite materials continues to evolve with new developments in several fronts. Most of the recent advances include theoretical developments in improving the accuracy and efficiency of multiple physics-based mathematical and computational models, and also generation of new defect-free nanomaterial systems for large-scale applications. In this article, the authors discuss some of the recent developments on multiscale mechanical and thermal analysis of nanotube and nanocomposite systems. This article also examines the effect of interfacial thermal characteristics on the overall effective thermal properties of a composite system, using a multiscale computational strategy involving atomistic simulations coupled with mesoscale thermal analysis models. Apart from the various computational models described in this article, several relevant works from literature are also cited to enhance the developed theoretical models discussed in this article.


  • multifunctional materials;
  • carbon nanotubes;
  • nanocomposites;
  • molecular dynamics;
  • interfacial thermal resistance