chemists have learned to produce amazing knitted wear. It is comfortable
to wear and very difficult, almost impossible to cut up.However, this
not an exhaustive list of useful properties of a unique material.
"...Directly on the
T-shirt did Don Rumata pull a metal-filled plastic
shirt, made in the form of hauberk (local hauberks
protected rather well from the sword and the dagger,
but a crossbow arrow would break through them..." Bright
communist future scheduled by young and still
optimistic at that point the Strugatskys brothers
for the current century failed to come true in
main aspects - so far the society has been developing
rather in accordance with anti-Utopists' forecasts
or in line with the Strugatskys'more gloomy forecasts.
On the other hand, many technical inventions
by science fiction writers that seemed absolutely
incredible for fifty years have been successfully
implemented by contemporary scientists - but
they are called differently: radiophones are
called - cellular phones, Informatorium - is
called the Internet and so on.
As for metal-base laminate invented by the writers,
they almost guessed right its name. The amazing
material developed by chemists of the Research
and Production Center "UVICOM" (Mytischi) is called similar to their invention - black-reinforced
plastic (coal-plastic). This is the latest development by the researchers, who
have development of the legendary SHM fiber behind themselves - superhighmodular
fiber, a successful rival to the no less famous "kevlar" type fiber.
It is the SHM which is used for making the most durable devices in the world
- cases of centrifuges for uranium isotope separation and for space rockets.
"Development and production of man-to-man defence facilities from high-tens
ile aramid fibers in combination with carbon fiber - is one of new directions
in our enterprise activity, says one of the authors of the development, Tatiana
Sakharova, senior staff scientist. For instance, knitted gloves, oversleeves,
aprons and vests made of these fibers are almost ten times lighter than those
of chain mail and can stand the impact of carbon steel knife simulator under
the loading of 500 N." It is obvious that the shirt made of the fiber
produced in the town of Mytischi would have defended Don Rumata from the dagger
and the crossbow arrow no worse than the metal-base laminate shirt invented
by the writers. In real life, cut-protective gloves and oversleeves would protect
the hands of people who have to deal with sharp objects at work. By the way,
the UVICOM gloves would be helpful even if the objects are not only sharp but
also hot - heating up to 250 degrees C is no problem for the fiber.
Frankly speaking, smatterers do not quite understand why professionals
admire so much the gloves protecting from electromagnetic radiation.
The point is that in addition to current-conducting carbon fiber, a
silver tinsel is added to them, or rather - a silver-plated tinsel
fiber, which is a very good conductor. The gloves are made, according
to the authors, of the very superhighmodular fiber which is now called
not SHM but "Rusar". There is one more insulation
layer (made of cotton) between the current-conducting layer and the hand.
That provides for gloves' electric resistance at the level of 5 to
Further information: T.P. Sakharova, senior staff scientist, Open Joint
Stock Company Research and Production Center "UVICOM" (Mytischi), Tel.:
(095) 586-9097, Fax: + 7 (095) 583-3613, firstname.lastname@example.org