Researchers build artificial muscle using fishing line

By Laura Hundemer,

A team of researchers in Dallas has created an artificial muscle that is 100 times more powerful than a human muscle. What’s even more intriguing is that the muscle was built using twisted fishing line.

According to NY Daily News, international researchers, made up of scientists at the University of Texas, found that common nylon materials can used to make super strong artificial muscles that react to temperature changes.

The muscles were made by twisting the nylon threads. Once the muscles were coiled into a spiral they tightened at a warmer temperature and loosened up when the temperature cooled, much like real muscles.

NY Daily News reported that the coiling process is actually quite minor. It is all about how much tension and weight you apply to the thread when you are twisting.

According to The Palm Beach Post Dr. Ray Baughman, who lead the research team, said, "The application opportunities for these polymer muscles are vast ... Today's most advanced humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs and wearable exoskeletons are limited by motors and hydraulic systems…” This discovery will lead to many opportunities.

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