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Tailoring viscoelastic response of carbon nanotubes cellular structure using electric field

Misra, Abha and Kumar, Praveen (2014) Tailoring viscoelastic response of carbon nanotubes cellular structure using electric field. In: NANOSCALE, 6 (22). pp. 13668-13677.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1039/c4nr04766d


Cellular structures of carbon nanotubes (CNT) are novel engineering materials, which are finding applications due to their remarkable structural and functional properties. Here, we report the effects of electric field, one of the most frequently used stimulants for harnessing the functional properties of CNT, on the viscoelastic response, an important design consideration for the structural applications of a cellular CNT sample. The application of an electric field results in electrostriction induced large actuation in freestanding CNT samples; however, if the CNT are prohibited to expand, an electric field dependent force is exerted by the sample on the constraining platens. In addition, the above force monotonically decreases with the pre-compressive strain imposed onto the sample. The viscoelastic recovery reveals a decrease in the stress relaxation with an increase in the pre-compressive strain in both the presence and absence of the electric field; however, the stress relaxation was significantly higher in the presence of the electric field. A model, based on a simple linear viscoelastic solid incorporating electric field, is developed to understand the experimental observations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: NANOSCALE
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2014 05:10
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2014 05:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50536

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