News tagged with intelligent materials

C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even ...

20 hours ago 4 / 5 (1) 0

A folding ceramic

(Phys.org) —A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable.

Mar 28, 2013 5 / 5 (3) 3 | with audio podcast

P3i – the future of innovative design

Intelligent self-repairing clothing and sensors that can detect the potential onset of an epileptic seizure sound like the stuff of science fiction but Northumbria University designers and engineers are turning ...

Sep 04, 2012 not rated yet 0

Artificial muscle as shock absorber

Engineers are working on intelligent materials that can diminish vibrations and extract power from the environment. These electro-active elastomers could dampen annoying vibrations in a car, for example, or ...

Jun 04, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0

Plastic electronics: a neat solution

(Phys.org) -- A breakthrough in the development of a new generation of plastic electronic circuits by researchers at the Cavendish Laboratory brings flexible and transparent intelligent materials – such ...

Apr 09, 2012 5 / 5 (12) 4 | with audio podcast