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Nanotechnology Applications in Automobile and Tyre Industry

Carbon nanotubes as Reinforcement Material for Tyre Rubber and Automobile Components

Figure 2. Automobile applications. Source: Nanowerk.com
Figure 2. Automobile applications. Source: Nanowerk.com

Carbon nanotubes are one of the most researched nanomaterials because of their excellent mechanical, electrical and thermal properties.  It consists of carbon atoms covalently bonded in a cylindrical crystalline lattice.  A single wall carbon nanotube consists one cylinder of carbon atoms while multiwall carbon nanotubes have many concentric cylindrical lattices of carbon atoms. Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are much lighter yet many times stronger than steel making them the strongest known material. The Young’s modulus of SWCNTs is in order of 1 TPa, where as carbon fibers have 800 GPa and glass fibers have 70 GPa. Continue reading