Spider-Man's Web Shooters Explained Through Materials Science
Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Let’s take a quick look at Spider-Man’s web shooters through the lens of materials science and engineering!
🕸️ Peter Parker created a web fluid that consists of multi-polymer compounds to emulate spider silk
🕸️ The web fluid exists in a semi-solid state before passing through a spinneret which shoots it out from a nozzle in web strands
🕸️ Once exposed to air, the web begins to harden or dissolve and can handle up to 1000 °F temperatures
🕸️ In other versions of Spider-Man, Peter can organically shoot spider silk from his wrists
🕸️ Spider silk can be 5 times stronger than steel (tensile strength of 1.3 GPa) and tougher than Kevlar
🕸️ Possible future applications of synthetic spider silk include artificial tendons, implants, airbags, and body armor!
Scientists have faced many challenges in attempting to design a synthetic spider silk at a large scale, but if it can be done, the potential applications are limitless!
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