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MolluskInspired Super Material is Times Stronger than Standard Glass via @Inhabitat #solarfreakinroadways

MolluskInspired Super Material is Times Stronger than Standard Glass via @Inhabitat #solarfreakinroadways

Even though they are made of brittle material, the shells of mollusks exhibit an astonishing resiliency and strength. The layers of minerals are connected in a way that creates a tough structure: the surface of the shell has numerous tiny lines called interfaces that may look like faults but are actually powerful deflectors of external pressure. Using a 3D laser , the scientists engraved similar microscopic fissures into glass slides and filled them with a polymer to enhance the material’s strength. They claim that, unlike the conventional glass which shatters if dropped on the floor, the new material would only slightly deform in the same situation.

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