'Programmable materials' getting closer to reality with vibration adapting metamaterial

03/05/2014 - 00:00

  <a href="http://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology_news/newsid=34648.php">Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that could change the world of mechanics forever. The material of the future is not only able to damp vibrations completely; it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further.<br><br>Although the “programmable material” still only works in a one-dimensional model construction, it has already demonstrated it unusual capabilities: The research project entitled Phononic Crystal with Adaptive Connectivity has just been published in the journal Advanced Materials ("Phononic Crystal with Adaptive Connectivity"). The first step towards mechanical components with freely programmable properties has thus been achieved.<br><br>READ MORE ON NANOWERK</a>