Ultralight Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Aerogel

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chrismb
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What use do you envisage for this in Polywell?

Giorgio
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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.

DeltaV
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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]

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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.

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Interesting. Provided that they are able to streamline the polymer coating process this could be very useful for the Bigelow inflatable system.

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