عنوان مقاله [English]
Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotube reinforced polyvinyl pyrrolidone matrix. The effects of nanotube diameter and chirality on the elastic moduli of carbon nanotube reinforced nanocomposites are studied. It is shown that zigzag nanotube reinforced polymers have higher longitudinal elastic modulus than their armchair counterparts. For example, embedding (5,5) and (9,0) SWCNTs whose diameters are close to eachother in polymer matrix lead to the elastic modulus of 78.43 and 81.55 GPa, respectively. Besides, increasing diameter results in decreasing longitudinal Young’s modulus. Because of disability of the existing finite element approaches to study the behavior of polymers containing atom types other than carbon, based on molecular dynamics simulations, a finite element method is proposed. The results of the proposed method are in good agreement with the results of molecular dynamics simulations. The correlation coefficient of diameter and Young's modulus obtained from molecular dynamics simulations is equal to -0.8375. Moreover, the correlation coefficient of diameter and Young's modulus computed by finite element method is obtained as -0.8781
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