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New material could change warfare forever

Posted on Tuesday, 26 December, 2017 | Comment icon 18 comments

Diamene is highly effective at stopping a bullet. Image Credit: PD - Malis
Researchers have used graphene to create a material that is ultra-lightweight but also bulletproof.
Developed by scientists at the City University of New York's Advanced Science Research Center, the new material is as thin as a sheet of aluminium foil but becomes rigid when a force is applied.

Known as diamene, the material consists of two sheets of graphene - a recently developed 'wonder material' that is up to 200 times stronger than even the strongest steel.

"Imagine a material as flexible and lightweight as foil that becomes stiff and hard enough to stop a bullet on impact," the research center wrote in a statement.

"In a newly published paper in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers across The City University of New York (CUNY) describe a process for creating diamene: flexible, layered sheets of graphene that temporarily become harder than diamond and impenetrable upon impact."

If the manufacture of diamene becomes sufficiently affordable, it is not difficult to imagine how it could help save thousands of lives - especially those of soldiers and police officers.

The material could also prove invaluable in the aviation and spaceflight industries.

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Tags: Graphene, Diamene

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Torviking on 26 December, 2017, 23:36
Probably just means it?ll take longer if you use it to cook the turkey, thus making more money for the energy companies.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 26 December, 2017, 23:42
Problem is, other people will do it if we don't, and could lead to a military imbalance. Sad, I know, but just what we have to keep on top of.
Comment icon #11 Posted by seeder on 26 December, 2017, 23:49
the stronger the armour..... the stronger and more deadly the new weapons will be...
Comment icon #12 Posted by khol on 27 December, 2017, 1:42
show me something that will end warfare then you have something..
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 27 December, 2017, 14:55
Comment icon #14 Posted by BorizBadinov on 27 December, 2017, 17:56
Military applications are why we have most of our current technology.  This material definitely sounds like it has aerospace applications. It will depend on its ability to withstand environmental extremes. Lighter weight stronger craft would be a huge help in reaching the upper atmosphere and beyond. Once in space it doesn't matter but getting there weight is a real problem. Imagine every ISS resupply flight carrying some quantity of hex panels to allow expansion of the ISS itself. Lots of potential uses should it prove resilient and stable in extreme temps.  As for protective gear it could be... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Tatetopa on 29 December, 2017, 3:19
A material is only "bullet proof" for a short amount of time until a bigger faster better penetrating bullet comes along.  I wager projectile technology is faster to develop than protection technology.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Risky on 29 December, 2017, 22:24
i agree it would be expensive. but that also has an upside. the more expensive, the harder it will be for the bad guy's to get a hold of. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by schroedingerscat on 31 December, 2017, 14:28
At the velocities required for interstellar travel, 10% C or greater, an impact with even the smallest of objects could prove catastrophic. A light sail made of this stuff could provide both the propulsive capability and provide impact protection for the instrument package.  Manned vehicles using diamene as a structural material could be made far lighter, allowing low thrust, high Isp engines to achieve high velocities in less time. This could prove to be a crucial development for space travel.
Comment icon #18 Posted by badeskov on 7 January, 2018, 7:27
Since Roswell is a fairytale, it doesn’t really make sense. But just out of curiosity, which specifics are you thinking about? Because memory metal was proposed in 1932, some 15 years before Roswell.  Cheers, Badeskov

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