Can Carbon Nanotubes Make Wonders in Civil/Structural Engineering?

Can Carbon Nanotubes Make Wonders in Civil/Structural Engineering? Nanoscience and nanotechnology provide enormous opportunities to engineers the properties of materials by working in atomic or molecular level. It has not only facilitated to overcome many limitations of conventional materials, but also tremendously improved the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of the materials as well. To develop high performance, multifunctional, ideal (high strength, ductile, crack free, durable) construction material, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) show promising role to modify/enhance the characteristics of the conventional construction materials such as concrete and steel. In the paper, a brief on geometry and mechanical properties, synthesis processes, possibilities and findings of different researchers on CNT reinforced composites is presented. It is also brought out that a crack free durable concrete is possible if certain issues such as uniform distribution of CNT in composite and bond behavior of CNT modified concrete can be addressed. Finally, few pre-proof of concepts are mentioned where CNTs can play the pivotal role to redefine the scope and ability of civil engineering, in general, and structural engineering, in particular. Progress in Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials World Academic Publishing Co.

Can Carbon Nanotubes Make Wonders in Civil/Structural Engineering?

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