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Protective Materials for First Responders, Football Players, and Astronauts: Shear Thickening Fluids

Originally delivered Aug 30, 2017
Source: AIChE
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Listen in on a discussion of the successful formation, unique properties and evolving development of commercial applications of shear thickening fluids (STFs). Learn how STFs are novel field-responsive materials that can be re-engineered to be useful nanocomposites. See how they are being used for enhanced ballistic and impact protection, puncture resistant medical gloves, and energy-absorbing materials for mitigating impacts and concussions. Take a look at their applications in systems for mitigating micro-meteoroid and orbital debris threats in space applications. In one hour, gain a better understanding of the versatility of STFs and a deeper appreciation of their future usefulness in our society. 

Take a look at your agenda:

  • What STFs are and how they function
  • How to integrate STFs into nanocomposites for enhanced ballistic and puncture resistance                      
  • Using STFs for impact protection and concussion mitigation
  • How STFs are being used to mitigate threats in space


Norman J. Wagner

Norman J. Wagner is the Robert L. Pigford Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, with affiliated faculty appointments in Physics and Astronomy, as well as Biomechanics and Movement Science. He served as Chair of the CBE Department from 2007-2012, and is the director of the Center for Neutron Science ( 

He was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2016 and the National Academy of Engineering in 2015. He leads an active research group with focus on the rheology of complex...Read more

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