Carbon nanotubes are known for exhibiting unique mechanical, electrical and thermal properties, useful for a wide range of applications in materials. Their mechanical strength properties are deployed for increasing the strength of various sporting goods as tennis racquets and golf balls.
Applications and Nanocyl Solutions
Current nanotechnology applications in the sports area include:
In tennis, carbon nanotechnology is used to increase the strength of tennis racquets by adding carbon nanotubes to the frames which increases control and power when you hit the ball. Furthermore, they also reduce the rate of air leaks from tennis balls, so they keep their bounce longer.
Nanocyl carbon nanotubes are not only added to tennis racquets to stiffen the racquet and to increase the power. They are also used for other sporting goods as golf balls and golf clubs.
In golf, carbon nanotubes from Nanocyl are used for filling any imperfections in the club shaft materials with nanoparticles. This improves the uniformity of the material that makes up the shaft and thereby improving the swing.
When making a golf shaft, it is not always perfectly straight. There are often gaps in the shaft – adding carbon nanotubes in the tiny spaces in the golf shaft, gives the latter a tighter molecule structure. When applied in its raw state, the shaft is more uniform, more consistent and more dense, which makes the golf shaft stronger, and by consequence straighter.
Nanocyl carbon nanotubes demonstrate the same properties, i.e. increasing strength and consequently power, when added to the raw materials of hockey blades, bicycle handlebars, baseball bats, etc.