Length-Dependent Mechanics of Carbon-Nanotube Networks (pages 874–878)
Sameer S. Rahatekar, Krzysztof K. Koziol, Steven R. Kline, Erik K. Hobbie, Jeffrey W. Gilman and Alan H. Windle
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802670
The microstructure and deformation mechanics of carbon-nantotube networks are measured, and demonstrate a crossover from strain-induced deformation, dominated by aggregates of short rigid nanorods, to deformation dominated by individual long semi-flexible nanotubes. Our results suggest that short nanotubes provide the same network attributes as long ones at modestly higher concentrations, but with a significantly lower network yield stress, which implies better processability.