Nanotubes Computer Modelling

Computer model maps strengths, weaknesses of nanotubes. ‘In theory, carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger than steel, but in practice, scientists have struggled make nanotubes that live up to those predictions, in part, because there are still many unanswered questions about how nanotubes break and under what conditions. Because nanotubes are single molecules – about 80,000 times smaller than a human hair – finding out what makes them break involves the study of molecular bonds, atomic dynamics and complex quantum phenomena. The fact that there are hundreds of different kinds of nanotubes, sometimes with radically different properties, adds to the complexity.’



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