Surprisingly, because of the icy weather, the U.S. annually loses millions of dollars: often it becomes the reason for stopping the operation of airports and power outages. Because of the ice, of course, suffering and the people of Russia — there is hardly a person who didn’t freeze the car. It looks like a problem in the world will be less because researchers from the University of Houston have created a material from which the ice can be shaken off with a single motion. Moreover, new material is covered with cars and planes will be clean ice directly during movement.
When you create a new material, the researchers used a new theory of physics in which they needed only to specify the material properties, the principle itself tells them what they need to synthesize. The new coating consists of silicone polymers and virtually clings to the ice. The researchers believe that the use of the principle can help in the creation of other materials, for example, the repelling of pathogenic bacteria.
We have developed new physical concept and appropriate material for the ice that shows very low adhesion to ice with long-term mechanical, chemical and environmental resistance.
Study leader Hadi ghasemi admitted that they have previously tried to create a similar material, but all the early versions could not fully solve the problem of adhesion of ice to the surface. The new material repels frozen water, forming cracks at the point of contact. It is believed that the ice can move away from the surface even under the influence of wind, that is, the aircraft will be almost completely protected from freezing.
The material can be applied to any surface. It is noteworthy that it is not exposed to ultraviolet rays, which is very important for cars, aircraft and other equipment, because they are often in the sun. The validity period is 10 years, which is also very impressive.
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