The behavior of multiwall carbon nanotubes under a high pressure (up to 55 GPa) combined with shear deformation was studied by experimental and theoretical methods. The unexpectedly high stability of the nanotubes' structure under high stresses was observed. After the pressure was released, we observed that the nanotubes had restored their shapes. Atomistic simulations show that the hydrostatic and shear stresses affect the nanotubes' structure in a different way. It was found that the shear stress load in the multiwall nanotubes' outer walls can induce their connection and formation of an amorphized sp3-hybridized region but internal core keeps the tubular structure.
The unexpected stability of multiwall nanotubes under high pressure and shear deformation
E. Y. Pashkin, A. M. Pankov, B. A. Kulnitskiy, I. A. Perezhogin, A. R. Karaeva, V. Z. Mordkovich, M. Y. Popov, P. B. Sorokin, V. D. Blank; The unexpected stability of multiwall nanotubes under high pressure and shear deformation. Appl. Phys. Lett. 22 August 2016; 109 (8): 081904. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4961618
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