Authors: W.H. Moon, J.K. Ham and H.J. Hwang
Affilation: Chung Ang University, Korea
Pages: 158 - 161
Keywords: SiC, nanotube, mechanical property
We investigate the mechanical properties of SiC nanotubes using molecular dynamics simulation. We find that SiC nanotubes are less stiff than the other nanotubes considered so far, such as BN or C nanotubes. However, Youngs modulus for SiC nanotubes is larger than that of _-SiC and almost equal to the experimental value for SiC nanorod and SiC whisker. The strain energy of the SiC nanotubes of a given diameter, is lower than that of the other nanotubes. In spite of the large energy cost between SiC nanotube and _-SiC, our calculations suggest the possibility for the synthesis of SiC nanotubes.