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ScienceDaily (Aug. 16, 2012) — A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Lin Wang has observed a new form of very hard carbon clusters, which are unusual in their mix of crystalline and disordered structure. The material is capable of indenting diamond. This finding has potential applications for a range of mechanical, electronic, and electrochemical uses.
The US Air Force has said an attempt to fly its hypersonic jet Waverider at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5795km/h) failed. The unmanned aircraft had been designed to fly at six times the speed of sound after being dropped from a B-52 bomber.
The Pentagon - which helped fund the project - has been testing hypersonic technologies in an effort to develop faster missiles.
It has also been suggested the research could eventually help build a commercial plane with the promise of London to New York trips taking as little as an hour, or Tokyo to Paris journeys slightly more than double that time.
Not necessarily. Sometimes harder materials are more brittle, so hardness by itself doesn't necessarily lend itself to these applications. Something like a better cutting tool for diamonds is what occurs to me.
Originally posted by Swordbeast
Possible applications I can see so far:
- new armor thats more resistant to penetration and blasts
- new projectiles that replace current penetrators made of tungsten or depleted uranium
- new outher shells for Aircraft to allow for higher manouverability
I have no idea how you came up with that?
- new, more robust guiding systems for missiles so they can achieve higher speed or manouverability.
Since the researchers know more about it than anybody else they might need to explain. However I noticed that if the solvent is removed, it loses its properties so it doesn't sound very stable.
I have not yet found out about electrochemical uses, could anyone explain?
I think this could limit the applications.
If the solvent used to prepare the new form of carbon is removed by heat treatment, the material loses its lattice periodicity, indicating that that the solvent is crucial for maintaining the chemical transition that underlies the new structure.