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Graphene tennis raquet?

Graphene tennis raquet?

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Machine Design magazine for March has an article about Fabricating 2D Materials. Graphene is one of the materials written about and is more than 200 X stronger than mild steel!!

Today on TV I noticed that Prince is advertising GRAPHENE tennis raquets. Can this be real or are they just playing with words? Besides, how can you make a tennis raquet one atom thick?

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RE: Graphene tennis raquet?

I'd say they mean graphene composite-its not a big step from graphite racquets- which are also composites. Lots of companies have developed the composites including Quickstep for car manufacture use.

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RE: Graphene tennis raquet?

Probably a degree of graphene nanoplatelet (or nanoribbon) reinforcement of a polymer.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/app.386...
The extract shows a fairly typical enhancement over neat resin. More of an improvement of basic resin properties, rather like nanotubes are at present, than a useful reinforcement like carbon fibers.

RE: Graphene tennis raquet?

Sort of like the Ti in golf balls (it is the Ti oxide that makes the covers white), it has nothing to do with properties.

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P.E. Metallurgy, Plymouth Tube

RE: Graphene tennis raquet?

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Thanks for the comments. Pretty much confirmed my suspicion they are probably using just enough of the technology to capitalize on emerging technology buzzwords

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RE: Graphene tennis raquet?

Graphene is a bit of hype intensive research right now. Mostly because the promises made for CNTs didn't ever materialize.

Bill Riehl, PhD, PE
Blackfire Engineering

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