Lab equipment used to conduct experiments in the study. Source: University of MissouriLab equipment used to conduct experiments in the study. Source: University of MissouriResearchers from the University of Missouri College of Engineering have developed a flexible, structured lattice material that can withstand the waves of energy associated with earthquakes.

The elastic material can stretch and cling to particular surfaces including buildings, protecting such structures from earthquake energy waves — both longitudinal and shear — which could potentially cause buildings to collapse as the waves travel through solid material.

According to researchers, the material could potentially be used in the defense sector as well, protecting mechanical parts in submarine engines or aircraft from vibrations.

The articles associated with the research, "Polar Metamaterials: A New Outlook on Resonance for Cloaking Applications" and "Physical Realization of Elastic Cloaking with a Polar Material," appear in Physical Review Letters, a journal of the American Physical Society.

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