Tailoring energy absorption capacity of CNT forests through application of electric field

Piyush Jagtap, Siva Kumar Reddy, Deepak Sharma, Praveen Kumar

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of electric field on energy absorption capacity of carbon nanotube forests (CNTFs), comprising of vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes, under both quasistatic (strain rate, ε = 10-3 s-1) and dynamic (ε = ∼103 s-1) loading conditions. Under quasistatic condition, the CNTFs were cyclically loaded and unloaded while electric field was applied along the length of carbon nanotube (CNT) either throughout the loading cycle or explicitly during either the loading or the unloading segment. The energy absorbed per cycle by CNTF increased monotonically with electric field when the field was applied only during the loading segment: A 7 fold increase in the energy absorption capacity was registered at an electric field of 1 kV/m whereas no significant change in it was noted for other schemes of electro-mechanical loading. The energy absorption capacity of CNTF under dynamic loading condition also increased monotonically with electric field; however, relative to the quasistatic condition, less pronounced effect was observed. This intriguing strain rate dependent effect of electric field on energy absorption capacity of CNTF is explained in terms of electric field induced strengthening of CNTF, originating from the time dependent electric field induced polarization of CNT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages11
JournalCarbon
Volume95
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)

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