Carbon Nanotubes – The Future Of Construction


Carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material on Earth and can be stretched a million times longer than their thickness. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A single sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers. To construct materials at the “nano” scale would seem impossible, but scientists and engineers have successfully created tubes of carbon with walls that are only 1 nanometer thick. These carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material on Earth and can be stretched a million times longer than their thickness. As for nanotechnology in the construction industry…some feel as though the use of nanotechnology materials and applications in the construction industry should be considered not only for enhancing material properties and functions but also in the context of energy conservation. This is a particularly important prospect since a high percentage of all energy used (e.g., 41% in the United States) is consumed by commercial buildings and residential houses by applications such as heating, lighting, and air conditioning…Read More > >

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