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Old 03-01-2012, 09:54   #1
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New Boat Building Materia?

Maybe one day, But it is interesting reading: Research establishes graphene as the strongest material ever measured, some 200 times stronger than structural steel,” Hone said. “It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.”

So if this was laid over FG you would have a lightweight strong cruiser.

It is in early stages but it is interesting reading.Columbia News ::: Columbia Engineers Prove Graphene is Strongest Material
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I would imagine it is cost prohibitive. Perhaps one day there might be enough production of the material so that regular people can afford it.
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Re: New Boat Building material ???

I wouldn't get too excited, YET!

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“Until now, there’s been no definitive set of experiments that people can use to validate or invalidate the computer simulations that model the mechanical properties of materials at strains literally up to the breaking point, ” said Kysar. “It’s important because this is a fundamental parameter for all types of materials.
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Re: New Boat Building material ???

Interesting.

“... In terms of its economics, one of the most exciting parts of the graphene story is its cost. Normally when scientists develop a new wonder material, the price is eye-wateringly high.

But graphene is made by chemically processing graphite — the cheap material in the ‘lead’ of pencils. Every few months researchers come up with new, cheaper ways of mass producing graphene, so that some experts believe it could eventually cost less than £4 per pound ...”

More ➥ Graphene is so strong a sheet of it as thin as clingfilm could support an elephant | Mail Online

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Re: New Boat Building material ???

Sometime "Strength" and "Durable" are not the same thing! However, I'm a big believer that science fiction predicts the future pretty well.. and there are a lot of amazing materials in sci fi!
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Re: New Boat Building material ???

It seems to me, there is more speculative discussions on it than a real did. It was modulated with help of computer and the scientists themselves only talk and plan or make predictions. I propose to come back to the theme later on when we have evident prove. Cheers!
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Sometime "Strength" and "Durable" are not the same thing! However, I'm a big believer that science fiction predicts the future pretty well.. and there are a lot of amazing materials in sci fi!
LOL I am still waiting for transparent aluminum.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, nataniel.
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Oracle for the next A Cup will probably be built with it. As will the anchor and chain needed to keep the boat in place when not tied down at the dock.
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