Molecular dynamics simulation of thermal and mechanical properties of polyimide-carbon-nanotube composites
D Qi and J Hinkley and GW He, MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 13, 493-507 (2005).
An aromatic polyimide and its mixture with randomly distributed carbon nanotubes (NTs) are simulated by using molecular dynamics, repeated energy minimization and cooling processes. The glass transition temperatures are identified through volume-temperature curves. Stress- strain curves, Young's moduli, densities and Poisson ratios are computed at different temperatures. It is demonstrated that the carbon NT reduces the softening effects of temperature on mechanical properties and increases the ability to resist deformation.
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