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ERIC Number: EJ1025029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Carbon Nanotube Cable for a Space Elevator
BochnĂ­cek, Zdenek
Physics Teacher, v51 n8 p462-464 Nov 2013
In this paper the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes are discussed in connection with the possibility to use them for the construction of a space elevator. From the fundamental information about the structure of a carbon nanotube and the chemical bond between carbon atoms, Young's modulus and the ultimate tensile strength are estimated. For this calculation only simple high school physics is necessary. The results, the same as known from experimental data, show that carbon nanotubes could be, at least hypothetically, a possible material for construction of a space elevator cable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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