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REVOLUTIONARY METAMATERIAL SYSTEM RESEARCH: THE FUTURE OF SELF-MONITORING STRUCTURES

Here at Karins we like to keep track of the latest innovations in structural maintenance and repair technology.

Looking to the future, structures may be able to monitor and power themselves and react to stimuli thanks to research outlining a new metamaterial system. Utilizing material microstructures and the exploration of new mechanical properties, the metamaterial system powers itself and serves as its own sensor by reporting information about pressures and stresses on its structures.

This system could transform multifunctional material technology, operating on both the nanoscale and megascale. Its prototype designs include aerospace, civil, and biomedical engineering uses. For example, one use applies to a heart stent, where it can identify problematic symptoms. The material’s properties are even prospective for exploring space and creating a basis for building self-monitoring structures on Mars!

Learn more about self-sensing materials here:

https://bit.ly/3gwKj1S

Pictured: The new self-aware metamaterial structure being utilized in a coronary artery stent, illustrated. Credit: iSMaRT Lab