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Allegedly they have recreated the formula for the legendary Starlite insulator ...
Starlite  insulator  insulation  surface  coating  materials  science  research  technology 
august 2019 by asteroza
A radiative cooling structural material | Science
using boiling hydrogen peroxide, these researchers reduced/compressed wood by removing the lignin, making an engineered wood with interesting properties, such as high strength. The kicker is that the white material is also a narrowband IR emitter tuned to dump heat to space through the atmospheric windows, so it can cool you in broad daylight.
engineered  wood  lignin  removal  narrowband  IR  emitter  atmospheric  window  insulation  cooling  subambient 
may 2019 by asteroza
InventWood
Basically stripping lignin from trees to make an aligned fiber channel nannocellulose nanowood material, with anisotropic insulation properties. This spinout is marketing the stuff. Weird uses include blackening a top surface of an aligned block and floating it on a water surface, as a concentrated solar power receiver to make steam by capillary action through the aligned fibers.
insulation  insulator  materials  science  research  technology  wood  nanowood  nanocellulose  anisotropic  aligned  fiber  channel 
march 2018 by asteroza
NASA - A Plasma Aerocapture and Entry System for Manned Missions and Planetary Deep Space Orbiters
Nice research into near massless plasma shell reentry heat shields. No mention of how the RMF is made though, though there was talk of needing a superconducting loop in the past.
NASA  plasma  magnetoshell  magnetic  aerocapture  atmospheric  braking  decelerator  reentry  entry  shield  heatshield  heat  insulation  technology  research  space  propulsion  rotating  field  RMF  Delicious 
september 2012 by asteroza
Mechanically strong, flexible poly... [ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI
Potentially usable for inflatable heatshield balloon/ballute covers, possibly as part of the integrated skin itself. Also, since it's flexible, it may be a useful material for integration into flexible cryogenic tanks, for use as prepacked collapsible tanks for an orbital fuel depot.
flexible  aerogel  polyimide  aromatic  triamine  nanoporous  porous  materials  science  research  technology  nanotechnology  high  temperature  insulation  film  Delicious 
august 2012 by asteroza
Thinner thermal insulation - Research News December 2011 - Topic 2
Using some kind of high end barrier film, wrapping around stuff that sounds similar to aerogel? I wonder if this has space MLI applications?
Fraunhofer  VIP  vacuum  insulation  panel  heating  cooling  thermal  management  materials  science  research  technology  Delicious 
december 2011 by asteroza
Thermal Conservation technologies
Primitive versions of this have been available to yacht owners.
VIP  vacuum  insulation  panel  heating  cooling  technology  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
ecovative design
Mycelium roots, if in a sealed package like a brick, can create building insulation with equal or better insulation properties than styrofoam or fiberglass. When unsealed, it is biodegradeable, though at a slower pace than what one would expect.
Ecocradle  recyclable  foam  packaging  materials  science  mushroom  mycelium  root  composite  compostable  green  energy  insulation  construction  sustainability  biodegradable  architecture  Delicious 
february 2010 by asteroza

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