New, Stonger Flexible Aerogels Destined for Clothing, Space Applications
August 20, 2012 9:27 PM
comment(s) - last by
New flexible aerogels
New Aerogels are 500 times stronger than current silica ancestors
NASA scientists have created stronger types of aerogels that could eventually be used for a broad spectrum of applications, such as clothing, home insulation and even in space.
Mary Ann B. Meador, Ph.D., study leader and scientist at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and a team of colleagues, have developed the new aerogel. Aerogels are the world's
lightest solid materials
, but serve as excellent insulation.
The new aerogels were made stronger than traditional aerogels by using polymer to support the networks of silica that make up their structure. Also, aerogels were made from polyimide, which is a heat-resistant material, and using cross-stitches to further strengthen the aerogel.
The result was a strong, yet flexible aerogel that can be used in many different scenarios. They could be used as insulation in clothing, tents, sleeping bags and homes, for instance. According to Meador, the aerogel is 5-10 times stronger than current insulation and wouldn't be quite as thick, offering more space inside the house.
They could also be used for larger purposes, like uniforms for firemen and
for spacecraft re-entering the Earth's atmosphere after a long journey to the International Space Station (ISS).
"The new aerogels are up to 500 times stronger than their silica counterparts," said Meador. "A thick piece actually can support the weight of a car. And they can be produced in a thin form, a film so flexible that a wide variety of commercial and industrial uses are possible."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
8/20/2012 9:49:39 PM
Damn I love science. Hopefully I'll live long enough for a lot of these findings to be applied in real world.
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
NASA's IRVE-3 Heat Shield Test Flight a Success
July 24, 2012, 4:30 PM
New Metal Nanomesh is Nearly 100 Times Lighter Than Styrofoam
November 20, 2011, 6:30 PM
Creationists are Mad About Google Doodle Depicting Evolution
November 24, 2015, 8:48 PM
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
Star Wars Spinoff Film "Rogue One", Theme Park Attractions Announced
August 17, 2015, 12:20 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9's Seventh Supply Mission to ISS Ends w/ Fiery Stage 1 Explosion
June 28, 2015, 1:10 PM
Cool Science Video: Glowing Millipede Prowls the Nevada Desert
May 18, 2015, 12:00 PM
Newly Discovered Costa Rican Glass Frog is Kermit's Doppelgänger
April 22, 2015, 11:26 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information