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October 4th, 2007

Researcher working on next generation of artificial muscles

Abstract:
University researcher Jonghwan Suhr says a recent study could lead to new materials that will mimic biological tissues and artificial muscles.

The assistant professor of mechanical engineering has been working on the ability of carbon nanotubes to withstand repeated stress and still be able to retain their structural and mechanical integrity, similar to the behavior of soft tissue. While extensive research has been done over the past decade into the mechanical properties of carbon nanotube structures, this study is the first to explore and document their fatigue behavior.

"If you can smartly control properties and materials, you can more efficiently control the whole structure," Suhr said. "If these nanotubes can mimic artificial muscles, then some day they might be utilized as the soft tissue of the stomach wall or even as tendons throughout the body."

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