Carbon Nanotube Material vs. Silicone Rubber

The shaking tables in these three videos show that a new carbon nanotube-based material stays flexible over a wide range of temperatures, from -190C to room temperature (RT) to 900C. The paper sumo wrestlers easily keep their feet when riding on a cushion of carbon nanotube material, regardless of the material’s temperature, while the silicone rubber only helps the wrestlers at room temperature. 

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Reporters may freely use this video. Credit format: Video courtesy of Ming Xu, Don Futaba, Kenji Hata, Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC) & National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (2011).


A new material made of carbon nanotubes outperforms silicone rubber over a record-setting temperature range.