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South Africa
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Posted 27/3/2012, 5:34 pm        Report
It is the thinnest material ever made. You would need to stack three million graphene sheets on top of each other to get a pile one milimetre high. It is also the strongest substance known to mankind — 200 times stronger than steel and several times tougher than diamond. A sheet of graphene as thin as clingfilm could hold the weight of an elephant. In fact, according to one calculation, an elephant would need to balance precariously on the end of a pencil to break through that same sheet. Despite its strength, it is extremely flexible and can be stretched by 20 per cent without any damage. It is made from abundantly found "Graphite" and formed into a honeycomb nano structure, and the base material is relatively cheap...
WA
5136 Posts
Posted 27/3/2012, 5:44 pm        Report
Can you control the stretch and does it return or stay stretched. Sounds exciting. A
South Africa
16 Posts
Posted 27/3/2012, 6:34 pm        Report
Here is a link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2045825/Graphene-strong-sheet-clingfilm-support-elephant.html "Strength applications. One atom thick sheet is not that tough, but when graphene sheets are incorporated into composites, you could come up with a material that's many times stronger than Kevlar." Dr. S.S. Verna "It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even helium (the smallest gas atom) can pass through it." Dr. S.S. Verna
WA
5136 Posts
Posted 27/3/2012, 10:03 pm        Report
HEY READ THIS ARTICLE!! Wow, one atom thick, the best conductor of electricity and heat on the planet. it may replace indium tin oxide - transparent stuff that is on touch screens as it conducts electricity but expensive and it cracks - TV's will be paper thin, mobiles that can be folded up...and it is 200 times stronger than steel and several times stronger than diamond. And it is just that grey stuff we use in our pencils (hence why thin layers of graphite peel off when using it). And its completely transparent! Man the kites will be light as paper and unbreakable! Cheers for that, awesome read.
NSW
164 Posts
Posted 28/3/2012, 7:51 am        Report
I'm not sure I'd want to be waving 12m² of the worlds most effective super-conductor 24 metres above my head whilst gliding over that other highly efficient conducting medium.....water
WA
5136 Posts
Posted 28/3/2012, 9:50 am        Report
pomE said...
I'm not sure I'd want to be waving 12m² of the worlds most effective super-conductor 24 metres above my head whilst gliding over that other highly efficient conducting medium.....water
LOL good point indeed!
QLD
316 Posts
Posted 28/3/2012, 10:49 am        Report
Rubber board and your all sweet
WA
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Posted 28/3/2012, 11:13 am        Report
Still reckon it might arc if hit why you are in the air.
WA
1227 Posts
Posted 28/3/2012, 11:40 am        Report
pomE said...
I'm not sure I'd want to be waving 12m² of the worlds most effective super-conductor 24 metres above my head whilst gliding over that other highly efficient conducting medium.....water
Good opening for an innovative lightning rod salesman .
VIC
3774 Posts
Posted 28/3/2012, 6:43 pm        Report
topturn said... Despite its strength, it is extremely flexible and can be stretched by 20 per cent without any damage.
There goes the instant turning response. You pull the bar, 10 seconds later it turns.
QLD
409 Posts
Posted 30/3/2012, 7:09 am        Report
This is very exciting indeed. Pity it will take too long for the applications to come through to kitesurfing. R&D still and then red tape will see this filter through us perhaps around 2020 at best. Well, it's a start and very promising. Love science, always more ways to skin a cat :)
WA
734 Posts
Posted 31/3/2012, 12:35 pm        Report
topturn said...
It is the thinnest material ever made. You would need to stack three million graphene sheets on top of each other to get a pile one milimetre high. It is also the strongest substance known to mankind — 200 times stronger than steel and several times tougher than diamond. A sheet of graphene as thin as clingfilm could hold the weight of an elephant. In fact, according to one calculation, an elephant would need to balance precariously on the end of a pencil to break through that same sheet. Despite its strength, it is extremely flexible and can be stretched by 20 per cent without any damage. It is made from abundantly found "Graphite" and formed into a honeycomb nano structure, and the base material is relatively cheap...
tha'll be handy, those elephants keep on stinking up my fridge whenthe cling wrap breakss !!
WA
1227 Posts
Posted 2/4/2012, 8:02 pm        Report
topturn said... "It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even helium (the smallest gas atom) can pass through it." Dr. S.S. Verna
Hmmmm, so how does it go with hydrogen, you know, the one smaller than the smallest?
WA
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Posted 2/4/2012, 8:32 pm        Report
topturn said... "It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even helium (the smallest gas atom) can pass through it." Dr. S.S. Verna
Awesome - no bladders required either. Might just make the cheapest kite ever. But what about all the beginners? They would have nothing to look up at And how would you ever find it if you unhooked & dropped it Sounds like a problem to me.
WA
132 Posts
Posted 4/4/2012, 6:09 am        Report
Damn. I'm getting flashbacks to Cubenfibre. The supermaterial that Best was marketing before they found it... disintegrated.
 
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