Manufactured granular materials
Marc Miskin, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, manufactured granular materials of various shapes in a 3-D printer to test their aggregate properties when jammed into a confined space.
Miskin works in the lab of Heinrich Jaeger, a professor at UChicago who examines materials and phenomena that appear simple at the surface, but which reveal tremendous complexity upon close examination. For example, "jamming," the phenomenon in which aggregates of randomly placed particles, including spheres or more complicated shapes, or even molecules, transition from fluid-like to solid-like behavior. Jamming lends itself to soft robotics.
To read more about this research, see the UChicago news story Turning computer models into reality. (Date of Image: Unknown)
Credit: Robert Kozloff, University of Chicago
Images and other media in the National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery are available for use in print and electronic material by NSF employees, members of the media, university staff, teachers and the general public. All media in the gallery are intended for personal, educational and nonprofit/non-commercial use only.
Images credited to the National Science Foundation, a federal agency, are in the public domain. The images were created by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties or prepared by contractors as "works for hire" for NSF. You may freely use NSF-credited images and, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science Foundation" notation.
Additional information about general usage can be found in Conditions.
Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (4.5 MB)
Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.