“Super Jelly” Withstands Weight Of Car, Elephant

Dec. 13, 2021
Hydrogel made up of 80% water acts like ultra-hard glass when compressed.

Even after being run over by a car (or perhaps trampled by an elephant), a new “super jelly” developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., pops back into form unscathed, according to an article from Science Alert. The hydrogel, which is made up of 80% water, reportedly acts like an ultra-hard glass when compressed. Researchers say they believe it’s the first time a soft material has demonstrated this type of resistance to compression.

What separates this mighty jelly from other hydrogels lies in its molecular composition and the way it uses crosslinks, according to the article. The new material, once fully developed, offers a range of potential applications from use in soft robotics to improving the flexibility of cartilage replacements in the human body.

Read the entire article here.

Sponsored Recommendations

Heat Recovery: Turning Air Compressors into an Energy Source

More than just providing plant air, they're also a useful source of heat, energy savings, and sustainable operations.

Controls for Industrial Compressed Air Systems

Master controllers leverage the advantages of each type of compressor control and take air system operations and efficiency to new heights.

Discover Your Savings Potential with the Kaeser Toolbox

Discover your compressed air station savings potential today with our toolbox full of calculators that will help you determine how you can optimize your system!

The Art of Dryer Sizing

Read how to size compressed air dryers with these tips and simple calculations and correction factors from air system specialists.