Thursday, September 10, 2009
Engineers have developed a velcro-style material out of steel. The material works just like normal velcro, except it can tolerate high temperature (800° C), tensile loads up to 35 metric tons/m2, and exposure to strong chemicals.
The velcro will be useful in automotive systems (near exhaust pipes where heat and corrosive gases are prevalent), to snap aluminum siding onto homes, or to attach hospital curtains where strong chemicals regularly sterilize fasteners.
The inspiration for this new age velcro? The age old burrs that get stuck in your clothes.