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Multi-walled boron nitride nanotubes as self-excited launchers

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A self-excited launcher consisting of multi-walled boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) has been investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The results show that, after a period of high frequency oscillation, the innermost BNNT can be spontaneously ejected along its central axis at a relatively fast speed. The launching is caused by the energy transfer between the nanotubes and without absorbing energy from the external environment. Most self-excited launchers could launch their innermost nanotube, although an inappropriate structure of the nanotubes contributes to a blocked or failed launch. In addition, a launch angle corrector and a nanotube receiver associated with a self-excited launcher are also manufactured to precisely control the launch angle and distance of the BNNTs. This study provides the possibility to fabricate and design self-excited launchers using multi-walled nanotubes.

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The article was received on 26 May 2017, accepted on 18 Jun 2017 and first published on 20 Jun 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR03746E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017,9, 10358-10366
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    Multi-walled boron nitride nanotubes as self-excited launchers

    Y. Li, Y. Zhou, Y. Wu, C. Huang, L. Wang, X. Zhou, Z. Zhao and H. Li, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 10358
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NR03746E

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