May 1, 2013
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) are developing nanofoams that could be used to make better body armor; prevent traumatic brain injury and blast-related lung injuries in soldiers; and protect buildings from impacts and blasts. It’s the first time researchers are investigating the use of nanofoams for structural protection.
“We are developing nanofoams that help disperse the force of an impact over a wider area,” said Yu Qiao, a professor of structural engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. “They will appear to be less rigid but will actually be more resistant than ordinary foams.”
Researchers are in the first year of a three-year program funded by the Army Research Office. The results were presented recently at Research Expo on the UC San Diego campus.