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+ Carbon nanotubes being 'spun' to form a yarn.

Carbon nanotubes being 'spun' to form a yarn.

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The yarn contains hundreds of thousands of fibres in cross section. Each fibre is one ten-thousandth the diameter of a typical human hair.

Carbon nanotube fibres are thermally and electrically conductive , can withstand extremes of temperature and are resistant to radiation-induced degradation.

Despite being strong and having a toughness comparable to that of fibers used for antiballistic vests, fabrics woven from these nanotube yarns would be soft to the touch and drapable, which is a consequence of the very small nanotube yarn diameters.

Other potential applications for this material include artificial muscles, high intensity filaments for light and X-ray sources, antiballistic clothing, electronic textiles, satellite tethers, and yarns for energy storage and generation that are weavable into textiles.

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Carbon nanotubes being 'spun' to form a yarn.
Carbon nanotubes being 'spun' to form a yarn.
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