Plus, relocating a Frank Lloyd Wright house, transparent acoustic panels from the Universities of Sussex and Bristol, and more design-tech news from the week.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and ETH Zürich in Switzerland have completed a new study into materials made from “precisely patterned nanoscale structures,” also known as “nanoarchitected” materials, according to an MIT announcement. Using nanometer-scale carbon struts, the researchers developed an ultra-thin, ultralight material that, after a series of microparticle impact experiments, proved highly resilient, especially when compared to steel, Kevlar, and aluminum of comparable weights. “Nanoarchitected materials truly are promising as impact-mitigating materials,” said MIT professor and the study’s lead author Carlos Portela in the same release. “There’s a lot we don’t know about them yet, and we’re starting this path to answering these questions and opening the door to their widespread applications.” [MIT]
In more nanoscale structure news, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a material that they’re calling “metallic wood,” according to a Penn press release. Composed of a nanoscale nickel strut lattice, the material has a wood-like porosity while maintaining the strength of titanium. The lattice also gives the material a distinctive shimmering quality that can reflect a rainbow of colors. “Our new manufacturing approach allows us to make porous metals that are three times stronger than previous porous metals at similar relative density and 1,000 times larger than other nanolattices,” said researcher and Penn professor James Pikul in the same release. [University of Pennsylvania]
It’s been just over a week since a 12-story condominium in Miami-Dade county collapsed, killing 20 people, and leaving as many as 128 individuals unaccounted for. The Washington Post interviewed structural engineers and examined photos and videos of the building for its detailed visual investigation into possible causes of the collapse. [The Washington Post]
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