||CMC: Computers, Materials, & Continua, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 11-20, 2006
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||Vibration, Carbon nanotubes, Micropolar mechanics, Hamilton's principle
||The concept of the micropolar theory is employed to investigate vibration behaviors of carbon nanotubes. The constitutive relation has been deduced from the two-dimensional analysis of the microstructure of the carbon nanotube. Van der Waals interactions are simulated by a weak spring model. Hamilton's principle is employed to obtain dynamics equations of the multi-walled carbon nanotube. Numerical examples for both single-walled and double-walled carbon nanotubes are presented and the significant difference in vibration behaviors between them has been distinguished. Numerical results show that fundamental frequencies for the cantilever single-walled carbon nanotube decreases with increase of the aspect ratio of them, and the fundamental frequencies of the double-walled carbon nanotube are lower than those of the single-walled carbon nanotube with the same inner diameter and length. The first four natural frequencies for the double-walled carbon are coaxial.