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These road dividers will act as a cushion, courtesy nanotechnology

February 6, 2014

Kolhatkar, Sandip

Pune: Researchers at the newly-created nano composite laboratory at Bharati Vidyapeeth are working on a unique project which promises to save precious lives that are lost in the road accidents on highways and expressway.

The researchers, with the application of nanotechnology and glass fibers, are designing road dividers. They claim that the dividers will reduce the impact of the hit as it will be absorbed by the nano composite structure.

"The application of nanotechnology can be done in every domain like IT, automobiles, medicines, electronics, food, solar cells, space, fuels, fabric, etc." said Anand Bhalerao, principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering.

He said that the newly created nano-composite laboratory with advance equipments for producing nano fibers is instrumental in the designing and manufacturing of products like road dividers.

Professor Sachin Chavan, who is heading the project, said that the traditional road dividers are made up of concrete and if any vehicle dashes it, the person can receive serious head injuries and thus the chances of survival are bleak.

"In order to find sustainable and durable solution to the road dividers, we thought of using nanotechnology and and started the project at our laboratory, which is laced with latest equipments," he said.

Speaking about the nano-composite road dividers, he said that they have used composites of glass fibers, nano fibers, resin and hardener.

"Between the vacuum of the road divider, we have installed rubber blocks so that if the vehicle crashes, the rubber blocks can work as an absorbent," he said.

To make the composite material for the road dividers, the researchers have used two process - Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) and Electrospinning.

Dr Bhalerao said that since the project is in the final stage, they will be approaching the Public Works Department (PWD) and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to implement it.

Credit:Sandip Kolhatkar

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Source: DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

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