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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 183026, 10 pages
Review Article

Challenges of the Modeling Methods for Investigating the Interaction between the CNT and the Surrounding Polymer

1Composites Research Laboratory, Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran 1439955941, Iran
2Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus University Weimar, Marienstraße 15, 99423 Weimar, Germany

Received 1 January 2013; Revised 27 April 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Philip Harrison

Copyright © 2013 Roham Rafiee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The interaction between the carbon nanotubes (CNT) and the polymer is a key factor for determining the mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of the CNT/polymer nanocomposite. However, it is difficult to measure experimentally the interfacial bonding properties between the CNT and the surrounding polymer. Therefore, computational modeling is used to predict the interaction properties. Different scale models, from atomistic to continuum, are critically reviewed addressing the advantages, the disadvantages, and the future challenges. Various methods of improvement for measuring the interaction properties are described. Finally, it is concluded that the semicontinuum modeling may be the best candidate for modeling the interaction between the CNT and the polymer.