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Nanoscale locomotion without fuel

A report from Nature News & Views (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v519/n7541/full/519037a.html)

about our work on nanoscale directional motion (http://imechanica.org/node/17978).

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Nanodurotaxis: a fundamental law of nanoscale directional motion

Hi all,

One of our recent works on nanoscale directional motion induced by stiffness gradient.

I hope you will find it interesting.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.015504

This work has been presented in 2014 MRS Spring Meeting by Prof. Huajian Gao (the PPT file he used is attached): https://mrsspring14.zerista.com/event/member/109225

Best,

Tienchong

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Nonlinear stick-spiral model for predicting mechanical behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes

(PRB,74,245428,2006)  Based on a molecular mechanics concept, a nonlinear stick-spiral model is developed to investigate the mechanical behavior of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The model is capable of predicting not only the initial elastic properties (e.g., Young’s modulus) but also the stress-strain relations of a SWCNT under axial, radial, and torsion conditions. The elastic properties, ultimate stress, and failure strain under various loading conditions are discussed and special attentions have been paid to the effects of the tube chirality and tube size. Some unique mechanical behaviors of chiral SWCNTs, such as axial strain-induced torsion, circumferential strain-induced torsion, and shear strain-induced extension are also studied. The predicted results from the present model are in good agreement with existing data, but very little computational cost is needed to yield them.

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