The next generation of protective equipment is looking a lot less bulky and a lot more fluid. Shear thickening fluids (STFs) are novel field-responsive materials that can be engineered to be useful nanocomposites for enhanced ballistic and impact protection, puncture resistant medical gloves, energy absorbing materials for mitigating impacts and concussions, as well as in systems for mitigating micrometeoroid and orbital debris threats in space applications. Norman Wagner of STF Technologies and the University of Delaware will discuss the formulation, properties, and development of commercial applications of STFs.
What You Will Learn
- What Shear Thickening Fluids are and how they function
- How to use Shear Thickening Fluids for puncture, ballistic, micrometeroid and orbital debris protective materials
- How to use Shear Thickening Fluids for impact protection and concussion mitigation
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