Strain Paint Can Detect Pressure through Carbon Nanotubes
An interesting kind of paint has been developed by scientists, one which can measure strain. The researchers from the Rice University have developed a new paint which is infused with carbon nanotubes. This would help to measure strain on buildings, bridges and aircrafts and then help engineers and architects to protect the decay and deterioration. The new paint is being called strain paint. The chemist, Bruce Weisman previously discovered the carbon nanotubes and their properties.
The strain paint can give a clear understanding into how much stress is there because of these carbon nanotubes. The stress can be measured at any location and from any direction with the use of handheld infrared spectrometer. The researchers believe that the strain paint can be customized with multifunctional properties which then can be applied for different purposes. But the researchers want to have some work done on the strain paint before it could be brought out in the market. The work has to be focused on the strain paint’s composition and preparation and also to find better ways to apply it to different surfaces.
The best part is that from an aesthetics point of view, the strain paint is very clear and transparent, which means that it won’t affect the look of anything to which it is applied. The whole idea of the strain paint sounds really innovative and useful. If marketed, it can help many government and old buildings to be protected for posterity. The further details of this study have been published in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letter.