(From Technology Review, as published on January 11,2012 by Kevin Bullis)
The findings of the three-phase project was published in its capstone Innovation Impact Report. The study was launched in February 2010 when TMS convened an Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting of 21 thought leaders in materials science and engineering.
The silk that spiders use to build their webs, trap their prey and dangle from your ceiling is one of the strongest materials known. But it turns out it’s not simply the material’s exceptional strength that makes spider webs so resilient; it’s the material’s unusual combination of strength and stretchiness — silk’s characteristic way of first softening and then stiffening when pulled.
These properties, scientists have found, vary depending on the forces applied, as well as on the overall design of the web.
Markus Buehler, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at MIT, has previously analyzed the complex, hierarchical structure of spider silk and its amazing strength — on a pound-for-pound basis, it’s stronger than steel. Now,
“Constructing lives, building sustainable environment”
In Creation we stand next to god. Making this world an eco friendly place to live is a tacit agreement between the prophet and civil engineers. A nearly impossible dream like this can be turned into a reality by close interactions of civil engineers’ community from all over the world.
Civil Engineering Students, MNIT, Jaipur introduces “CivilDigital.com“ as an initiative to realize the close interaction of civil community and permanently root our stand in creation.
Knowledge is the beginning of any loose thread being sewn to revolutionize mother earth. It grows when it is shared. And the discussions lead to the intellectual growth.