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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016, Article ID 6374092, 9 pages
Research Article

Nanoscale Continuum Modelling of Carbon Nanotubes by Polyhedral Finite Elements

Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, 75450 Bukit Beruang, Melaka, Malaysia

Received 11 September 2016; Revised 2 November 2016; Accepted 7 November 2016

Academic Editor: Andrew R. Barron

Copyright © 2016 Logah Perumal 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.


As the geometry of a cell of carbon nanotube is hexagonal, a new approach is presented in modelling of single-walled carbon nanotubes using polyhedral finite elements. Effect of varying length, diameter, and thickness of carbon nanotubes on Young’s modulus is studied. Both armchair and zigzag configurations are modelled and simulated in Mathematica. Results from current approach found good agreement with the other published data.