Soft Adhesion Gripping Small
General Topics

Grab things like a Gecko: a new gripping system

22.05.2017 tribonet 4,809 Views

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a soft gripping system that uses differential air pressure and a gecko-inspired adhesive for exceptional bonding to three-dimensional objects. The findings […]

Flexible Triboelectric Generator
Advanced Materials

Triboelectricity to power your watch

09.05.2017 tribonet 1,026 Views

Despite the many advances in portable electronic devices, one thing remains constant: the need to plug them into a wall socket to recharge. Now researchers, reporting in the journal ACS Nano, have developed a light-weight, […]

fight friction with plasma
Advanced Materials

Fight friction with plasma

03.05.2017 tribonet 993 Views

For road vehicles, wind resistance increases fuel consumption. But one way to fight wind is with wind. Researchers in Sweden are experimenting with reducing drag on trucks with electric wind devices that mimic the way […]

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General Topics

No Friction – Bad Earthquake

02.05.2017 tribonet 1,827 Views

It is a common trope in disaster movies: an earthquake strikes, causing the ground to rip open and swallow people and cars whole. The gaping earth might make for cinematic drama, but earthquake scientists have […]

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Advanced Materials

Wear Resistant Self Healing Hydrophobic Coatings

01.05.2017 tribonet 501 Views

[embedded content] Unbreakable: Water-Repellent Coating | MSE Anish Tuteja Anish Tuteja, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and his research group have created a self-healing, water-repellent […]