This newly invented strong metal is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and it was created by Boeing in order for them to build lighter airplanes.
This very strong metal is an incredible invention and we can definitely say that we are witnessing future in the making. Making lighter planes would reduce the environmental impact of every flight, not to mention the fact that it will lower flight fares.
By making lighter airplanes, companies will use less fuel and a plane like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner could produce 20% fewer CO2 emissions, than other aircraft that will not be built with this very strong and light metal.
The newly invented strong metal is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and it’s called ‘microlattice’. The metal mesh ca squeeze to about half its size, making it perfect for heavy pressure.
The tubes that can be found in ‘microlattice’ are 100 nanometers, meaning that they’re 1,000 times thinner than human hair! The most amazing part is that it’s made 99,9% out of air. Yes, air!
The newly invented strong metal is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam was developed by HRL Laboratories and the University of California, Irvine and it was first reported in the journal Science, in November 2011.
“The material could help Boeing save a lot of weight and make airplanes more fuel efficient,” according to HRL researcher Sophia Yang.