Nonlocal modeling of a Carbon Nanotube actuated by an electrostatic force

Hassen Ouakad, Fehmi Najar, Sami El-Borgi

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising mechanical structures at the nano-scale which have attracted increasing attention due to their amazing mechanical, chemical, thermal, and electrical properties. To take into account size dependence of such small sized structures, the use of nonlocal continuum theory is proposed where intrinsic length scales is taken into account. Based on the Eringen theory, a nonlinear nonlocal model of a clamped-clamped CNT is developed in this study. Static and free vibration responses are simulated and analyzed. The main objective of this work is to study the influence of CNT size and length scale parameter on the static and free vibration response to better understand their effect on the general behavior of the CNT. It has been found that the nonlocal effect can largely influence the performance of the CNT and change qualitatively its nonlinear response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04004
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - Nov 16 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Structural Nonlinear Dynamics and Diagnosis, CSNDD 2016 - Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: May 23 2016May 25 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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