Mechanical properties news, December 2022

By forming needles on the surface of galvanized steel, researchers have come up with a cheap and simple way to bond polymers to it.

New ab-initio simulation unveils ways to reduce friction and wear

Synthetic vascular grafts improved by seaweed molecule

Researchers have developed a starch-based polymer that can be used to create a fully biodegradable soft material for sensors.

A novel gel-based robot, or gelbot, can crawl over a surface, powered by nothing more than temperature changes and clever design.

New electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries stops them catching fire

Chemically recycling PVC into usable material without using heat

Researchers have developed a scalable fabrication technique for producing ultrathin, lightweight solar cells that can be stuck onto any surface.

Not only does a new metallic alloy have the highest toughness ever recorded, but its strength and ductility also improve as it gets colder.

Engineers have created a soft robot capable of detecting when and where it is damaged – and then healing itself on the spot.

Researchers use AFM to explore PDMS debonding

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