Computational Studies on Mechanical Properties of Carbon-based Nanostructures Reinforced Nanocomposites

Document Type: Review Paper


1 College of Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Guilan, Rasht, Guilan, Iran


Computational methods can play a significant role in characterization of the carbon-based nanocomposites by providing simulation results. In this paper, we prepared a brief review of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), Graphene, and coiled carbon nanotube (CCNTs) reinforced nanocomposites. Varies simulation studies in mechanical properties of nanocomposites including representative volume element (RVE) approaches using the finite element, multiscale simulation and molecular dynamics studied is mentioned. All the simulation results show a significant role of interphase properties, interphase thickness, elastic properties of nanostructure, various loading conditions and orientation of the nanostructure on mechanical behavior of nanostructure reinforced nanocomposite. Some researchers employed various approaches for comparing simulation results of the effective elastic properties of nanostructures reinforced nanocomposite. Although it is a huge challenge for scientists to make a connection between MD simulations and continuum mechanics, in some researches scientists tried to couple MD and continuum mechanics for more precise results in nanocomposites.


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