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Integration of Carbon and Boron Nitride Nanotubes into Ceramic Materials

S. Lin, B. Simard, K. Bosnick, M. O'Toole, A. Merati, M. Bielawski, J. Lo, R. Zhang, D. Walsh, M. Bolduc


Carbon nanotube (CNT) can be conceptualized as a rolled-up sheet of one (or more)- atom-thick layer of graphite, i.e. graphene. Owing to their extraordinary mechanical properties, e.g., tensile strength of up to ~100 GPa, CNTs find applications as additives to various structural materials, such as ceramics. The CNT-reinforced ceramics are capable of overcoming ceramic’s intrinsic brittleness and relatively low fracture toughness by absorbing energy over a large area, and consequently increase the ballistic performance of the ceramic plate.

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