Carbon Nanotube Compression
Date: Summer 2009
What is the strength of carbon nanotubes under compression?
I read that carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger then steel under
tension, and weaker under compression, are they still stronger then
steel under compression, if so, by how much?
As found in:
Compressive strength of carbon nanotubes is ~60GPa.
Hope this helps,
Carbon nanotubes are indeed extraordinarily strong in tension, but in
compression they are no stronger than many other substances. Part of
this problem may be due to the long and very narrow construction which
makes them act rather like what you would expect a noodle to act like
in compression; that is, the nanotube (or the noodle) readily buckle
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