New polymer aerogels might become the wonder insulating material

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Since they were first invented in 1931, aerogels have become widely used in the industry, mostly for insulation purposes, thanks to their low thermal conductivity and light weight. Traditional silica aerogels, however, are brittle and obtuse, typically unsuited for applications where flexing of the material would occur. A novel class of polymer aerogels seeks to fix most of these inconveniences, after scientists at NASA have shown that the polymer version is up to 500 times stronger and has a thermal resistance up to 10 times higher than typical silica aerosols.

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