FRSC: A fabric stronger than steel
Have you ever thought of a bendable and stretchable material but is tough? Do you want to wear something that is stronger than steel but light and stretchable? Say no more! Researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan have developed the fibre-reinforced soft composite (or FRSC), an elastic but strong fabric.The fabric is developed by combining hydrogels containing high levels of water with glass fibre fabric. The concept behind this research is the traditional combinition of two materials which creates a stronger and better material. For example, combining straw and mud creates a strong material which is brick, or combining paper and glue creates paper-mache. The scientists took the property of hydrogel which is very fracture-resistant and could bear heavy loads but added the extra durability and toughness through the glass fibre fabric. The incredible strength of the material comes from the dynamic ionic bonds between the materials. The end result is a material which is 25 times tougher than glass fibre fabric, 100 times tougher than hydrogels and 5 times stronger than carbon steel.This new fabric could be used in developing artificial ligaments and tendons to develop soft robots and may be suitable for healing wounds. Although it is fabric, its application in our clothes and fashion might still be a long way.Want to know more about this awesome device? Follow this link!
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