Joint research by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (Natick) has developed a family of new cloth-type structural components named “Hydrostatically Enabled Structural Elements,” or HESEs. U.S. Patent 8,209,911 was issued to Dr. Charles Welch, Dr. Kevin Abraham and Dr. Robert Ebeling of ERDC, along with Karen Buehler and Claudia Quigley of Natick, for the invention. Welch and Dr. Charles Cornwell co-published articles in 2011 and 2012 that provide the design basis for carbon nanotube fibers that would have tensile strengths of up to 8.6 million psi. Another group of the Advanced Materials Initiative team, led by Dr. Charlie Marsh and including Ben Ulmen and Erik Wotring, is attempting to synthesize such super strong fibers.
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