A cutting-edge material, inspired by nature, that can regulate its own temperature and could equally be used to treat burns and help space capsules withstand atmospheric forces is under development at the University of Nottingham.
The research paper, Temperature – dependent polymer absorber as a switchable state NIR reactor, is published in the journal Scientific Reportstoday (Friday 26 October).
“A major challenge in material science is to work out how to regulate man-made material temperature as the human body can do in relationship to its environment,” explains lead author Dr Mark Alston, Assistant Professor in Environmental Design, from the Faculty of Engineering.
The research used a network of multiple microchannels with active flowing fluids (fluidics) as a method and proof of concept to develop a thermally-functional material made of a synthetic polymer.
The material is enhanced with precise control measures that can switch conductive states to manage its own temperature in relationship to its environment.
“This bio-inspired engineering approach advances the structural assembly of polymers for use in advanced materials. Nature uses fluidics to regulate and manage temperature in mammals and in plants to absorb solar radiation though photosynthesis and this research used a leaf-like model to mimic this function in the polymer.”
Dr Alston adds: “This approach will result in an advanced material that can absorb high solar radiation, as the human body can do, to cool itself autonomously whatever the environment it is placed in. A thermally-functional material could be used as a heat regulation system for burn injuries to cool skin surface temperature and monitor and improve healing.”
This kind of heat flow management could also prove invaluable in space flight where high solar loads can cause thermal stresses on the structural integrity of space capsules.
By regulation of the structural material temperature of the vehicle, this will not only advance structural properties but could also generate useful power.
This thermal energy could be removed from the re-circulated fluid system to be stored in a reservoir tank on board the capsule. Once captured, the energy could be converted into electrical energy or to heat water for use by the crew.
The experimental side of this research is laboratory-based and has been developed in collaboration with UK Government research institute: Scientific Research Facilities Council (SRFC).
The next steps for the research are to secure funding for a demonstrator scale-up to present to aerospace manufacturing and to identify an industrial partner.
The Latest on: Composite material
via Google News
The Latest on: Composite material
- New Lignin Composite (image) on December 19, 2018 at 9:44 am
ORNL scientists have created a new composite material for additive manufacturing that makes use of lignin, a biofuels byproduct. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy o... […]
- New Carbon Fiber Material Is Self-Sensing on December 19, 2018 at 7:30 am
“Because of differences in the mechanical properties of these two materials, the fibers can detach from the matrix under excessive stresses or fatigue. “That means damage in carbon-fiber composite str... […]
- Composite Repairs Market to Grow at 7.2% CAGR During 2017 - 2022 on December 19, 2018 at 7:13 am
an advancement in materials and repair automation; development of new composite applications in different industries; and rising stringent quality, environmental and safety norms. Global composite rep... […]
- Composite Sleeve Market Research Report by Size, Share, Forecast, Companies 2018-2025 on December 19, 2018 at 4:59 am
Chapter 2: Composite Sleeve Industry Chain Analysis, Upstream Raw Material Suppliers, Major Players, Production Process Analysis, Cost Analysis, Market Channels and Major Downstream Buyers. Chapter 3: ... […]
- Self-Lubricating Composite Bearings market to grow at 7.3% CAGR during 2017 - 2022 illuminated by new report on December 19, 2018 at 4:41 am
... composite bearings over the next five years as the region registers the utmost presence of composite bearing manufacturers and raw material manufacturers. Asia-Pacific is estimated to witness the ... […]
- New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3-D printing material on December 19, 2018 at 4:35 am
A new composite of lignin and nylon is easily extruded during 3D printing and exhibits good mechanical strength in finished products. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientists at the ... […]
- The Most Significant Material Science News of 2018 on December 19, 2018 at 3:52 am
"There have been many mergers and acquisitions that have taken place surrounding advanced materials this year, but this acquisition by Toray the biggest for market control and a statement about the di... […]
- Composite Adhesives Market Growth & Forecast 2018-2024 by Top Manufacturers – Azom, MasterBond, 3M, Permabond, Henkel, Hexcel, Romeo RIM, LORD Corp on December 18, 2018 at 5:44 am
Rapid industrial & infrastructural growth along with increasing renovation project incurring huge spending in Brazil, India, Vietnam and China should bolster demand for composite materials thus drivin... […]
- Composite Process Materials market worth US$ 1,182.6 million in 2022 just published on December 18, 2018 at 3:47 am
The report provides detailed insights on the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market. Stratview Res... […]
via Bing News