Thermal conductivity of carbon nanocoils

JH Zhao and JY Wu and JW Jiang and LX Lu and ZL Zhang and T Rabczuk, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103, 233511 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4839396

The extreme reduction of the thermal conductivity by defects and folds in carbon nanocoils (CNCs) are first demonstrated using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. The thermal conductivity for two different defect types with five different folds in the CNCs is extensively studied and the maximum reduction can be up to 70% at both room temperature and 600 K by comparison of the corresponding straight single-walled carbon nanotubes. We reveal that the phonon scattering by coupled defects and folds can govern the reduction of the thermal conductivity by calculating phonon polarization vectors. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

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