British researchers invented inexpensive synthetic material, which possesses the auxetic properties, which means the ability to expand as stretching in different directions.
Most of us believe that we understand quite well the basics of physics, and according to its laws, with an increase in the area of the material during its stretching, it must become thinner. However, axhetics demonstrate reverse properties.
One of these unique materials recently developed scientists from the University of Leeds. The invention has not yet been given names, and its chemical formula is very complicated, so they describe it as a «non-porous liquid crystal elastomer.» During the experiments, the presence of auxnetic properties at the molecular level was confirmed.
This feature makes Elastomer extremely useful because, in contrast to conventional materials, such as rubber or steel, it does not become weaker as stretching.
According to scientists, axhetics are capable of absorbing energy and resist the destruction, and in terms of the indicators of strength, many engineering materials are superior. Therefore, they potentially have a wide range of applications, from body armor to medical equipment or even in construction.
The molecular structure and parameters of the negative order of the liquid crystal elastomer.
Inventors argue that the production of their new synthetic material is sufficiently simple and does not require significant costs. The team has already filed a development patent and now in detail studies the limits of the possibilities of the liquid crystal elastomer.
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