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May 8, 2017

Films that "breathe"

Mechanical actuators developed by MIT team expand and contract as they let oxygen in and out.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains on equipment, due to extreme temperatures that are hard for components to endure without degrading. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have come up with a radically new way to make actuators that could be used in such extremely hot environments.