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Carbon Nanotube Films Stronger Than Kevlar ( 39

ckwu writes: Carbon nanotubes are exceptionally strong and stretchy. But so far, films made out of them have come nowhere close to having the mechanical strength of individual nanotubes. Researchers now report a simple fabrication method to make carbon nanotube films that are five times as strong as those made before—and stronger than films made from Kevlar or carbon fiber. The films had an average tensile strength of 9.6 gigapascals. By comparison, Kevlar fibers and commercially used carbon fibers are around 3.7 and 7 GPa, respectively. The films are also four times as pliable as conventional carbon fibers, able to elongate 8% on average.
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Carbon Nanotube Films Stronger Than Kevlar

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  • by Eloking ( 877834 ) on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @03:25PM (#51423065)

    Yah! We can start talking about space elevator again!

    • by Anonymous Coward
      I'm not so much interested in space elevator technology rather than flexible spacesuit technology and whether or not this material could be 3D printed.
  • No thanks (Score:5, Funny)

    by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @03:29PM (#51423113)

    I'm not buying into obsolete technology. I'll wait and see what Graphene can do.

  • Biological Activity (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @03:35PM (#51423169)


    Sheets and other shapes of carbon nanomolecules are known to have sharp edges that can tear up biological structures (cell membranes, for one). It is not clear if or how these carbon nanomolecules interact with biochemistry, or into what compounds the nanomolecules degrade (by nature or human effort) and what effect those breakdown products have on life chemistry.

    Where do we stand with testing the biological safety of these potentially magnificent compounds BEFORE we poison ourselves again by mistake, as we did with organometallics (dioxins, PCBs), synthetic estrogens (plastics), heavy metal pollution (pthalates, mercury), etc., etc.)?


    A Biologist

    PS Your best defense is a solid-block carbon water filter. You're welcome.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      $Compiler Message - Warning: unbalanced parenthesis line 9

    • heavy metal pollution (pthalates [sic], mercury)

      Phthalate refers to a group of chemical forms consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. No metal.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is there anything they can't do?

    Other than make it to commercial production that is.

  • And the Oscar goes to.... Carbon nanotube films!
  • by Applehu Akbar ( 2968043 ) on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @06:16PM (#51424769)

    Because when my wife lets the end of the roll slip back into the box, she will have to mail it back to the company to get it unraveled, rather than just waiting until I get home so I can do it.

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