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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051124215055.htm 1 of 2 10/18/2007 3:41 PM
 

Summary: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051124215055.htm
1 of 2 10/18/2007 3:41 PM
Buckled carbon nanotubes under
compression. (Credit: Cao/RPI)
Web address: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051124215055.htm
Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Date: November 24, 2005
Keywords: Nanotechnology, Materials Science,
Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering,
Technology
Nanotube Foams Flex And Rebound With Super Compressibility
Science Daily -- Carbon nanotubes have enticed researchers since their discovery in 1991,
offering an impressive combination of high strength and low weight. Now a new study
suggests that they also act like super-compressible springs, opening the door to foam-like
materials for just about any application where strength and flexibility are needed, from
disposable coffee cups to the exterior of the space shuttle.
The research, which is reported in the Nov. 25 issue of the
journal Science, shows that films of aligned multiwalled
carbon nanotubes can act like a layer of mattress springs,
flexing and rebounding in response to a force. But unlike a

  

Source: Ajayan, Pulickel M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University

 

Collections: Materials Science