New bodies on the way

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CSIRO re­searchers are work­ing on a new gen­er­a­tion of su­per-strong, light­weight poly­mer com­pos­ites that could be used for trucks, trains and planes. Dr Stu­art Bate­man of the CSIRO Ma­te­ri­als Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing divi­sion says: ‘‘Com­pos­ites with im­proved me­chan­i­cal prop­er­ties al­low greater de­sign flex­i­bil­ity and the down­gaug­ing of wall thick­ness for ad­di­tional weight sav­ings. We use nan­otech­nolo­gies to im­prove the me­chan­i­cal per­for­mance of con­ven­tional com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als, and at the same time in­tro­duce valu­able func­tional prop­er­ties pre­vi­ously not pos­si­ble in com­pos­ites.’’

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