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Ultralight Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Aerogel
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:51 am
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:16 am
What use do you envisage for this in Polywell?
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:04 am
Dunno what use this might have in Polywell, but is quite an amazing material.
If the manufacturing costs are not out of this workd this material might spur a small revolution in material Engineering.
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:00 pm
chrismb wrote:What use do you envisage for this in Polywell?
Hadn't envisaged any use in particular. A solution looking for a problem (reverse systems engineering, not to be confused with systems reverse engineering).
Vacuum contaminant sensors?
Vacuum contaminant "getters"?
In alpha flux shielded areas, of course...
[Edit: removed several bad ideas that were not consistent with an extremely low density]
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:27 pm
Coating fragile silica
aerogel with a polymer to improve its mechanical properties:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-pol ... sions.html
...a polymer conformal coating on the silica nanoskeleton not only improves the strength of aerogels, but their elasticity and flexibility as well.
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:41 pm
Interesting. Provided that they are able to streamline the polymer coating process this could be very useful for the Bigelow inflatable system.