Carbon nanotubes for space and bio-engineering applications

Lau, Kin-Tak and Cheung, Hoi-Yan and Lu, Jian Ping and Yin, Yan-Sheng and Hui, David and Li, Hu-Lin (2008) Carbon nanotubes for space and bio-engineering applications. Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 5 (1). pp. 23-35. ISSN 1546-1955


Since the last decade, most research focus in the fields of science and engineering has been dramatically shifted toward the same fashion from the investigation of traditional macroscale properties of materials to their atomic scale level (or called nanoscale). It is believed that the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of materials, at their nanoscale level are totally different with that measured at macro and micro scale levels due to an assumption of their perfect atomic architectures, i.e., no-defect among atoms. In such circumstance, the strength of the materials can therefore reach to their ideal level since the maximal bonding energies among the atoms can be achieved. Recently, numerous researches have been focused on using nanomaterials as reinforcements to strengthen polymer-based composites for space and bio-engineering applications. Carbon nanotubes are the most common types of nanomaterials that have been used to mix with polymer to form nanocomposites. The nanotubes possess superior mechanical strength and electrical conductivity at specified chiral arrangements for producing high strength conductive polymers. In this paper, a critical review, based on the works done by authors and other researchers on the properties and applications of the carbon nanotubes for space and bio-engineering applications is given. Their advantages and disadvantages on some particular applications are also discussed in detail.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 03:18
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: bio-engineering; bio-materials; carbon nanotubes; high strength conductive polymers; nanocomposites; strength of materials
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090301 Biomaterials
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090102 Aerospace Materials
10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100712 Nanoscale Characterisation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4003 Biomedical engineering > 400302 Biomaterials
40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400101 Aerospace materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4018 Nanotechnology > 401810 Nanoscale characterisation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
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