Bond-breaking bifurcation states in carbon nanotube fracture

Traian Dumitricǎ, Ted Belytscko, Boris I. Yakobson

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A brittle bond-breaking carbon nanotube (CNT) failure mechanism, which generally competes with the extensively discussed Stone-Wales bond rotation dislocation path is presented. Remarkably, the proposed failure path dominates at low temperatures, and is more probable to take place in a tensile-test experiment. Thus, the failure mechanism involves a series of shallowenergy minima in the highly strained CNT lattice which can be associated with broken-bond states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9485-9488
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003


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