By Sanford L. Moskowitz
Via designated case reports of crucial complicated fabric creations of the latter twentieth and early twenty first century, the writer explores the position of the sphere of complicated fabrics within the technological and financial job this present day, with implications to the innovation technique in general.
A finished research that encompasses the 3 significant different types of complicated fabric applied sciences, i.e., Structural fabrics (metals and polymers), practical fabrics (transistor, microchip and semiconductor laser) and Hybrid and New types of subject (liquid crystals and nanomaterials).
Extensive use of basic assets, together with unpublished interviews with the scientists, engineers, and marketers at the entrance traces of complex fabrics creation
Original method of case learn narrative, emphasizing interplay among the complex fabric procedure, perceived danger and directing and accelerating leap forward know-how
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ADVANCED MATERIALS INNOVATION 13 Manufacturing relies on advanced materials in a number of ways. Automation and robotics continue to transform the modern factory. New materials here run the gamut from the microchip and sophisticated sensors to metal and plastic composites that are being developed for the robotic parts and components. High-performance polymers have many other uses as well, such as in creating cost-effective “smart” packaging that responds optimally to the mechanical and chemical environment to maintain the integrity of its contents over long periods of time and types of transport conditions.
Nanoconcrete, made by adding carbon nanofibers to concrete, is much stronger and has higher tensile strength than the traditional material. 22 Advanced materials—such as new type of glass windows—play a very important role in reducing interior energy use. Smart materials will become more prominent in the design and construction of buildings, homes, factories, bridges, and other structures in the 21st century. These materials can “sense” and respond to changes in the environment in such a way to mitigate damage to structures.
Some industry observers believe that between 2010 and 2030, the use of these new materials can result in a 50% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Others maintain that this is a conservative estimate, assuming even more radical new material technologies now on the boards can be placed on a commercial basis and can convince the transportation industry to use them in place of more familiar and tested materials. One stumbling block is the high cost of carbon fiber, a critical input into advanced automotive structural composites.