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Brent J. Carey, Prabir K. Patra, Myung Gwan Hahm and Pulickel M. Ajayan Foam-Like Behavior in Compliant, Continuously Reinforced Nanocomposites Advanced Functional Materials 23

Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201999

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The dynamic mechanical compression of continuously reinforced carbon nanotube (CNT)/poly(dimethylsiloxane) composites provides insight into the mechanics of deformation in nanocomposite systems. Loaded along the nanotube axis, these composites respond similar to open-cell forms due to a collective buckling of the CNTs. Compressed normal to nanotube alignment, the CNTs will effectively augment the cross-link density of the elastomer network, lowering the ultimate compressive strain.

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