Shoes that do not wear off even after rough use in tough conditions have a big market. Under an initiative of the Life Sciences Research Board of the DRDO, the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, has developed a special shoe sole, using nano-graphite incorporated polyurethane-based nano composite. The soles are light weight, anti-corrosive and yet flexible. The were made basically for use by military personnel for marine environment, but the produce has a big non-military market too.
A facility has been created with the designed and fabricated smelter for making the nanocomposite by bottom pouring melt quenching technique. About 20 pairs of shoe-outsoles with the desired materials properties have been delivered to the user for further validation.
CGCRI is ready to transfer the technology to the industry. For further details, contact:
Mr. Sitendu Mandal
Chief Scientist & Head
Project Management Division (PMD)
Phone: (033) 2322 3343
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