Investigation of piezo-resistivity in CNT nano-composites under damage

Ashwin Rai, Nithya Subramanian, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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The piezoresistivity of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced nanocomposites is modeled using a multiscale damage modeling technique. Two phenomena of piezoresistivity are studied, the inherent piezoresistivity of the CNTs and the electrical tunneling effect. The damage model is developed under the framework of continuum damage mechanics (CDM) with a physical damage evolution equation inspired by Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. This damage model is applied to a nanocomposite unit cells with randomly dispersed CNTs. Orders of magnitude change in piezoresistivity is observed as the nanocomposite changes from non-damaged state to damaged state. This study provides insights into the prevailing mechanisms associated with piezoresistivity in the damaged and undamaged state of the CNT reinforced nanocomposites at the sub micro scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2016
EditorsNakhiah C. Goulbourne
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600416
StatePublished - 2016
EventBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2016 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2016Mar 23 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Damage Mechanics
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Multiscale Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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