Tomsk and Minsk scientists work on new protection of space vehicles from radiation

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The project is developed under the megagrant program of Tomsk Polytechnic University to create materials to be used in extreme conditions.

Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic and Belarusian State Universities are working together to create nanocoating resistant to radiation. It can be used to protect space vehicles from radiation, said Director of the Institute of High Technology Physics of TPU Aleksey Yakovlev to TASS today.

"We are working on the method to develop new radiation resistant nanostructured and nanocomposite materials that can be used as protective coatings in nuclear, aerospace and other fields. Preliminary studies have already been carries out, we got sample materials with coatings to improve radiation resistance by optimizing the architecture of crystal and defect structures," said Yakovlev.

The scientist drew an analogy with carbon, which is the basis for both lead pencil and diamond. "There`s no difference in the molecules. The paradox lies in the lattice: one lattice loosens when you write with a pencil, and the other one is the hardest natural material. We create technologies that can help us get the properties we need out of the same materials and makeups," said Yakovlev.

He noted that the research is performed now on thin coatings, which allows to get research findings more quickly. After the practical work is finished, a pilot facility for coating materials to be used in extreme conditions will be designed.

The project is developed under the megagrant program of Tomsk Polytechnic University to create materials to be used in extreme conditions.

Text and pictures by TASS