Air Force tests tools for potential artificial muscle production

08/14/2012

U.S. Air Force researchers say they have developed analytical tools for biopolymers that could pave the way for the production of synthesized muscle tissue.

"Our results have provided some of the first microscopic insights into a sixty-year-old puzzle about the way polymeric networks react to repeated shear strains," said Dr. Daniel Blair, assistant professor, and principal investigator of the Soft Matter Group in the Department of Physics at Georgetown University.

Blair, Professor Andreas Bausch and other researchers at Technische Universtaet Muenchen (Technical University of Munich) used a muscle filament known as actin to construct a polymer network in an effort to understand more about biopolymers.
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