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posted on 10.12.2021, 04:56 authored by Sushan Nakarmi, Vinu U. Unnikrishnan, Vikas Varshney, Ajit K. Roy

Carbon nanotube based multi-terminal junction configurations are of great interest because of the potential aerospace and electronic applications. Multi-terminal carbon nanotube junction has more than one carbon nanotube meeting at a point to create a 2D or 3D structure. Accurate atomistic models of such junctions are essential for characterizing their thermal, mechanical and electronic properties via computational studies. In this work, computational methodologies that uses innovative Computer-Aided Design (CAD) based optimization strategies and remeshing techniques are presented for generating such topologically reliable and accurate models of complex multi-terminal junctions (called 3-, 4-, and 6-junctions). This is followed by the prediction of structure-property relationship via study of thermal conductivity and mechanical strength using molecular dynamics simulations. We observed high degradation in the thermal and mechanical properties of the junctions compared to pristine structures which is attributed to high concentration of non-hexagonal defects in the junction. Junctions with fewer defects have better thermal transport capabilities and higher mechanical strengths, suggesting that controlling the number of defects can significantly improve inherent features of the nanostructures.