Droplet motion
Advanced Materials

Droplet friction is similar to solid friction

21.11.2017 tribonet 60 Views
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have investigated friction of liquid droplets on surfaces. A larger force is needed to set in motion stationary droplets than to keep moving droplets in motion. […]
graphene solar cells
Advanced Materials

Transparent, flexible solar cells

20.11.2017 tribonet 34 Views
Researchers develop a novel technique using graphene to create solar cells they can mount on surfaces ranging from glass to plastic to paper and tape. Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around […]
Reinforced concrete
Advanced Materials

MIT: use recycled plastic to reinforce concrete

17.11.2017 tribonet 32 Views
Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study. MIT undergraduate students have found that, […]
super elastic material
Advanced Materials

Highly elastic shape-memory material discovered

15.11.2017 tribonet 63 Views
UConn materials science and engineering researcher Seok-Woo Lee and his colleagues have discovered super-elastic shape-memory properties in a material that could be applied for use as an actuator in the harshest of conditions, such as […]
nasa plane
Advanced Materials

Metal with Memory: Shaping the Future of Aviation

13.11.2017 tribonet 71 Views
While aeronautics researchers across the globe continue to develop technologies that will make air travel more efficient, more sustainable and safer, there is a group of NASA researchers who are altering the long-held view that […]
PTFE
Advanced Materials

Improved bonding of low friction PTFE

07.11.2017 tribonet 291 Views
The convenience of non-stick, Teflon-coated cookware is appreciated in kitchens worldwide, particularly by anyone doing the washing up. The chemical making up Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE, is one of the slipperiest materials known. Outside the […]
peel and go
Advanced Materials

“Peel-and-go” printable structures fold themselves

06.11.2017 tribonet 50 Views
Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water. As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes […]
Polymer material produced by a 3-D printer includes soft, flexible material (clear or lighter tone) with particles of hard material (black) embedded, in predetermined arrangements. When the material is compressed, its surface become bumpy in a pattern determined by the hard particles.
Advanced Materials

MIT: surface with reconfigurable texture developed

27.10.2017 tribonet 106 Views
Polymer material produced by a 3-D printer includes soft, flexible material (clear or lighter tone) with particles of hard material (black) embedded, in predetermined arrangements. When the material is compressed, its surface become bumpy in […]
stain
Advanced Materials

Promising innovation in stain resistance

24.10.2017 tribonet 64 Views
When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly applied to textiles. That resistance, however, comes […]