University of New Hampshire Researchers Discover New Smart Material
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire, an NEC member, recently discovered a new scientific technique whereby they can create a new smart material.
The study revealed that by manipulating the certain solids on a cellular level by rotating and enlarging cells, researchers could create a smart material that is lighter and safer while still providing the energy absorption and protection abilities of the material. The new material could be applied to helmets, armor, packing material, and potentially even biomedical systems or designs.
“Changing the geometry of the chiral auxetic cellular solids can allow the material to respond differently to certain things like temperature, humidity, light, or impact,” said Assistant of Mechanical Engineering, Yaning Li. In speaking on the potential applications of this new smart material, Li said, “For instance, foam in a helmet made of this material could become denser on impact and offer more protection, or a smart medical bandage could be triggered to release medicine based on different levels of swelling.”