article AUSTRALIA is being urged to look to the US for inspiration after a research team revealed it can build a flat roof in just 12 minutes using flat material that is also extremely absorbent.
The researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have created an ultra-high density, ultra-reactive, and ultra-thin sheet of material called F7 all-materia foam.
It is made from the super-absorbent, super-rechargeable polyamide, which is also super-heated to more than 900 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal material for building a roof.
Its unique properties are that it is lightweight, water repellent and it absorbs light, making for an ultra high density and extremely reflective roof.
“We think it is a really cool material that could actually be applied to a flat surface,” lead researcher Dr James Cook said.
“The materials we’ve developed so far have been extremely expensive to produce, and they are very difficult to produce.”
But this material, by comparison, is very inexpensive to produce and we’ve actually built prototypes that are just a few thousand dollars each.
We think this material could be a really good material for the market.””
This material has a very high density, which means it is able to absorb light and light absorption means that the roof can be made more efficient and more reflective, and also a very low weight, so you can get more energy efficiency out of your roof.
“The Australian researchers have created a foam that is super-absorent, absorbs light and can be used on a flat floor, and is also incredibly durable.”
It’s super-hydrophobic, so the material doesn’t absorb water or carbon dioxide,” Dr Cook said.”
It also has a superhydrophilic effect, which allows it to hold heat for a long time.
“The material can be extremely durable.
If it were to be used as a roof it would be able to withstand years of rain, years of wind and years of condensation.”
Dr Cook said that even though this material was super-high-density, it was also extremely lightweight, meaning it could be used in a wide range of applications.
“Our material is super hydrophobic and super hydrogen permeable,” he said.
“So it can hold heat very effectively for a very long time.”
“This means it can be easily used in applications where you’d need a lot of weight to make it work.”
“We’ve designed the material to be able handle the stresses of heavy construction work, where you need to have the roof in place to keep the roof from cracking and falling down.”
The researchers believe this material would be ideal for a wide variety of applications, such as building a new house, and could even be used for the development of energy efficiency products.
While it may sound like an impossible feat, Dr Cook believes it is possible.
He said he is optimistic the Australian research team will be able get this material into production.
“There are lots of people out there who want to get into building a flat home,” he explained.
You just need to find a few hundred dollars to make one.
“Dr Cara Harker is the chief research officer at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
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