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March 25th, 2010

Nanotechnology Will Soon Take on Pirates

Abstract:
Nanotechnology has been touted in recent years for its many remarkable qualities. Now, the miracle material is about to take on a new role—fighting pirates who plunder cargo ships in places such as the coast of Somalia and the Strait of Malacca.

While researching our April article on unmanned military vehicles, I came across several examples of cutting-edge products where nanotechnology plays a key behind-the-scenes role. A great example of this is the Piranha unmanned surface vessel (USV). It's a composite boat that's currently being developed for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard by engineers at Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM).

When it rolls off an assembly line near Seattle this spring, the Piranha will be the largest ship ever built from nano-enhanced materials. It is constructed with Arovex, ZPM's proprietary nanotube-reinforced carbon fiber prepreg. The 5th generation material is stronger and stiffer than conventional carbon fiber.

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