U. T. Dallas Scientists Spin Carbon Nanotube Fibers with Record Strength and Toughness
June 12, 2003 | Source: Nanotechnology Now
Nanotechnology researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, have announced a breakthrough in spinning carbon nanotube composite fibers that are tougher than any reported polymer fiber made by man or nature.
The toughness, or capability to absorb energy, of the UTD fibers is more than four times that of spider silk and 17 times that of the Kevlar used in bullet-proof vests – making them what is believed to be the toughest known material. These fibers have twice the stiffness and strength, and 20 times the toughness, of the same weight and length steel wire.
The discovery is outlined in an article in the June 12 issue of Nature.
Among the possible applications: