A polar-bear-inspired material for heat insulation

For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version. Now, materials scientists in China have developed such an insulator, reproducing the structure of individual polar bear hairs while scaling toward a material composed of many hairs for real-world applications in the architecture and aerospace sectors. Their work appears June 6 in the journal Chem.

A polar-bear-inspired material for heat insulation

For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials ...

Thu 6 Jun 19 from Phys.org

A polar-bear-inspired material for heat insulation, Thu 6 Jun 19 from ScienceDaily

Polar bears inspire strong, elastic, heat-insulating aerogel

Made of hollow carbon tubes, the durable insulator outperforms most aerogels

Sun 9 Jun 19 from CandEN

Researchers copy off of polar bear fur to create new, powerful insulator

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Polar bears inspire insulating aerogel

New biomimetic super-elastic, lightweight carbon-tube-based material is based on a hollow hair microstructure The post Polar bears inspire insulating aerogel appeared first on Physics World.

Mon 10 Jun 19 from Physicsworld Blog

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