Theoretical analysis on the pullout behavior of carbon nanotube at cryogenic environment with the consideration of thermal residual stress

Hei Lam Ma, Kin tak Lau, David Hui, San-Qiang Shi, Chi kin Poon

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It is assumed that there are no bonding between CNTs and polymer so only frictional slip occurs in the interface. Results show that the required axial stress to pull out a straight CNT at cryogenic temperature is more than 6 times greater than that required at room temperature. Some other parameters, such as the length of CNT and the modulus of polymer, also influence the stresses in the CNT/polymer model. The model is also applied to coiled carbon nanotubes (CCNTs) which are newly-developed carbon nanotubes with a helical configuration. At cryogenic temperature, a greater stress is required to pull out a CCNT than a straight CNT, especially in the case when the pitch angle of CCNT is less than 60°. Hence, the stress transfer in CCNT/polymer composites is better than that in straight CNT/polymer composites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Cryogenic
  • Fiber/matrix bond
  • Numerical analysis
  • Particle-reinforcement
  • Residual/internal stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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