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One of the most exciting implications of the finding is that carbon fiber and composites, used to make different types of vehicles, could be strengthened by nanotubes. "Composites are durable, but fail under certain loading conditions, similar to the way plywood flakes and splinters apart," says Stephen Steiner, an MIT graduate student and the lead author of a paper on the work. "But what if you could reinforce composites at the microlevel with nanotubes, the way that rebar reinforces concrete...
GROWING CARBON NANOTUBES WITHOUT A METAL CATALYST Gordon Ellis Chemical Engineering Progress; Sep 2009; 105, 9; Docstoc pg. 20 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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