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By Ordoh Staff. Published on Feb 21, 2014. 0
With the help of fishing line and sewing thread researchers have managed to create strong artificial muscle fibers. The new finding is a promising alternative to synthetic muscles, but not so expensive.
An international team of researchers created the powerful artificial muscles that could even contract and relax. The muscle is also said can carry weight at least hundred times more than human or animal muscles, and also can produce more mechanical power.
Researchers say the power-to-weight ratio of the newly created muscles can be compared to that of a jet engine. It can contract about half of its length. The natural fibers contract by just 20 percent.
Professor John Madden from the University of British Columbia Electrical and Computer Engineering said the artificial muscle can lift weights 100 times heavier quickly compared to the same-sized human muscle in a single contraction. He added that the newly developed muscle has higher power output than an automobile combustion engine.
Researchers say the new artificial muscle is an excellent replacement to the natural muscle and could be used where superhuman strength in need such as in medical devices to help impaired mobility, prosthetic limbs, exoskeletons, humanoid robots, or woven into fabrics among others.
Study author Dr Ray Baughman said the application opportunities for the new artificial muscle is vast as the most advanced humanoid robots, wearable exoskeleetons and prosthetic limbs of today are limited by hydraulic and motors systems because of their weight, size and density.
Baughman is the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry at UT Dallas and director of the NanoTech Institute.
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