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New anti-fragile plastic becomes stronger every time it’s stressed

New anti-fragile plastic becomes stronger every time it’s stressed
Published on Mon, Sep 2, 2013 by Tibi Puiu
Post filed in: Chemistry, Research
Say hello to drop-proof smartphones and whole new generation of plastic products that will be far more durable and strong than their present counterparts. Scientists at Duke University recently unveiled their most recent, stunning work: a new type of polymer that seems to contradict common knowledge and re-arranges its chemical structure each time its under stress, say a mechanical shock. The test of time is in the plastic’s favor as every time the material suffers a mechanical deformation, it becomes stronger.

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HatTip to Dave Lull

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