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Meta-Material Has Impressive Impact Properties

Sunday, May 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Scientists develop a metamaterial that can completely dissipate the force from an impact–and even turn it into a counterforce.

Scientists at the University of Washington have created a new shock absorption metamaterial that uses origami to completely absorb a hard impact and transform that crushing force into a gentle pull. The findings have potential implications in everything, from delivering packages via drones to landing spaceships.

According to one of the research authors—UW associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics Jinkyu Yang—”if you were wearing a football helmet made of this material and something hit the helmet, you’d never feel that hit on your head.” In fact, by the time the impact energy reaches you, he says, it has been transformed from a crushing push to a light pull.

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