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This is an abstract for a talk to be given at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
Response of carbon nanotubes (CNT) to different mechanical stimuli is
important for the future applications . Elastic mechanics of single-walled
nanotubes will be briefly reviewed , with the emphasis on synergism of
MD simulations and macroscopic methods. Then more detailed discussion
and calculations of elastic moduli will follow (tension, torsion, bending and
lateral compression) for CNT of arbitrary diameter and the number of layers,
as well as their rope-arrangements. Further, mean-field calculation of the
strength and fracture of (10,10) and other ropes will be presented. Finally,
more recent findings of intra-molecular mechanisms, determining the strength
of the tube per se, will be discussed. The phenomenon of "quantized
plasticity"  will be discussed in detail for CNT .
 B. I. Yakobson, R. E. Smalley, American Scientist v. 85, 324-337 (1997)
 B. I. Yakobson, C. J. Brabec, J. Bernholc, Phys. Rev. Lett. v. 76, 2511- 2514 (1996).
 B. Bhushan, J. N. Israelachvili, U. Landman, Nature v. 374, 607-616.
 B. I. Yakobson, to be published.
Boris I. Yakobson, Physics Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, Phone: (919)-515-2426, FAX: (919)-515-7331, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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