“We are particularly interested in wetsuits for surfing, where the athlete moves frequently between air and water environments,” says Anette (Peko) Hosoi, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate head of the department at MIT. “We can control the length, spacing, and arrangement of hairs, which allows us to design textures to match certain dive speeds and maximize the wetsuit's dry region.”
Advanced Materials

Beaver-inspired wetsuits in the works

09.05.2018 tribonet 104 Views
Rubbery hair-lined wetsuits may help keep surfers warm. Beavers and sea otters lack the thick layer of blubber that insulates walruses and whales. And yet these small, semiaquatic mammals can keep warm and even dry […]
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Learning from Mussels

28.11.2017 tribonet 150 Views
A marine bivalve inspires researchers to find a new way to make stronger, more stretchy polymers A wide range of polymer-based materials, from tire rubber and wetsuit neoprene to Lycra clothing and silicone, are elastomers […]