Seminar 6_Materials

March 14, 2013


Kyla Crawford, Matt Hagen, Evan Taylor, Carson Wiebe, Ryan Lewis, Andrew Hansen, Fernanda Ribeiro de Andrade, John Manigque, Kevin Celestino

Massive Change by Bruce Mau and the Institute Without Boundaries

This article enumerated and discussed a list of advancements in the field of bio mimicry when it comes to material in its broadest definition. The materials are divided into five categories: Superhard, Superstrong, Superlight, Supersmall and Supersmart. Under the Superhard materials is the mother of pearl that is found in mollusks. Synthetic versions of the gecko’s feet called the “gecko tape” and spider silk are part of the Superstrong group.  Aerogel that is as large as a human being can weigh less than half a kilogram but can support the weight of a compact car. Nanotubes, molecular gear, and the micro machine are just three examples of the amazing Supersmall group. The Supersmart materials have built in stimulus response to light, heat, or electrical current.

Potentials of using coconut shell particle fillers in eco-composite materials by J. Sarki

This article discusses coconut shell as a sustainable alternative choice additive to improve compounds used for building construction. These compounds are called eco-composites. These materials are non-toxic and biodegradable. Reduced dependence on non-renewable energy and material resources and less greenhouse emissions are just a two of the environment-friendly features of eco-composites. In comparison with the traditional epoxy, the coconut mixture has an increase in strength and hardness but lower impact strength. The coconut composite is proved to be a viable alternative but needs further redesign.


Learning these amazing advancements in materials made me believe that our goal of low energy and excellent performance existing side by side is already at our arms’ reach. I am really interested on the applications in technologies and products that are going to branch of these innovations. Could Superlight materials put the seemingly fictional world of flying personal transportation just around the corner? Could Supersmart materials provide real-time reaction or a sense of motion to the static nature of architecture?


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