A Lab In Brooklyn Is Making The Strongest Foam In The World

May 3, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
We're hurtling towards the future faster than we can imagine. While most of us don't usually think about it, as our cars, trains, planes, ships and lord knows what else all get faster, they're going to face increasingly higher stress levels and will need to withstand higher and higher impact collisions safely. That's where Nikhil Gupta, an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the New York University Polytechnic Institute comes in.

Gupta's research lab is on the cutting edge of materials engineering, creating lightweight foam that's highly impact resistant. We generally think of foams and sponges as being highly porous and full of holes, but Gupta's syntactic foam makes a foam with ceramics and replaces the holes with tiny, hollow metal particles, yielding a lightweight material with low density, but very high strength.
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