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Nomex is a high performance fibre engineered to be able to perform in extreme conditions. This resource explores why designers might choose to use it, some examples of products that are made from Nomex, and suggests ways of using Nomex in the classroom.
This resource supports student understanding of the properties and uses of Kevlar. It explores why designers might choose to use it, some examples of products that are made from Kevlar, and suggests ways of using Kevlar in the classroom.
This resources provides students with an introduction to the topic of technical textiles. It provides an overview of what technical textiles are and why we might use them for different products. The specific classifcations of technical textiles that it looks at are:
This resource explores the topic of thermochromic materials. It provides content to explain what they are, how they are used and suggests practical experiments that will allow students to get hands-on with the material.
This resource explores the properties and uses of piezoelectric materials and quantum tunnelling composites. Taking examples from space technology, it provides a number of examples to discuss in the classroom and suggests practical experiments to give your students a hands-on examples of the technology.
This resource looks at photochromic materials, exploring how they are used and their impact on space inspired products. The slides provide discussion points, investigation ideas and suggestions of practical experiments and products that will allow students to get hands-on with photochromic technology.
A phase change material are substances that absorb or release energy when it changes its physical state, providing useful heating or cooling properties. Did you know that phase change materials were developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in the extreme temperature fluctuations in space? This resource...
A smart material describes a material that senses and responds to an external stimulus or change in the environment, and where the change reverses when the stimulus or change is removed. This resource provides an introduction to the topic of smart materials, looking at the properties of different materials,...