Research underway on graphene-based camoflage

By Richard Tomkins   |   Aug. 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM
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LINKOPING, Sweden, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Saab AB reports it is researching the possible use of graphene in camouflage.

Graphene, a sheet of latticed carbon just one atom thick, is a million times thinner than a human hair yet 200 times stronger than steel. When used either alone or with other materials graphene could help create new products and disruptive technologies in the defense and security arena.

"One area we are looking at applying Graphene is in signature management -- the art of detection avoidance," Saab said. "Graphene, in combination with other natural substances, could be used to actively change the shape and topology of all manner of surfaces, including ships, aircrafts even military uniforms."

The Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova, is funding the research project, which Saab is conducting in collaboration with partners including Linköping University. Initial tests have been conducted on creating a graphene composite material with camouflage qualities, it said.

"Initial tests have begun to apply graphene to the right kind of "media" and the end focus is on using techniques and methods suitable for full scale production, enhancing signature management and protecting troops and assets around the world," Saab said.

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