Suspensions of lyophobic nanoporous particles as smart materials for energy absorption

Anton A. Belogorlov, Vladimir D. Borman, Igor A. Khlistunov, Vladimir N. Tronin, Alexander V. Neimark

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Hypothesis: Suspensions of nanoporous particles in non-wetting fluids (lyophobic nanoporous suspensions, LPNPS) are explored as energy absorbing materials for shock absorbers, bumpers, and energy storage. Upon application of pressure, the non-wetting fluid invades the pores transforming the impact energy into the interfacial energy that can be stored and released on demand. Experiments: Here, we present a comprehensive experimental study of the dynamics of LPNPS compression within a wide range of shock impact energy for three types of mesoporous materials (Libersorb 23, Polysorb-1, and Silochrome-1.5) with water and Wood alloy as non-wetting fluids. Findings: Three different regimes of the LPNPS compression-expansion cycle in response to the shock impact are distinguished as the impact energy increases: without fluid penetration into the pores, with partial penetration, and with complete pore filling. In two latter regimes, the suspension compressibility in the process of rapid compression increases by 2–4 decimal decades. This giant effect is associated with the onset of penetration of the non-wetting fluid into the nanopores upon achievement of a certain threshold pressure. The dynamic threshold pressure exceeds the threshold pressure of quasistatic intrusion and does not depends on the impact pressure, temperature, and suspension composition. A dynamic model of suspension compression is suggested that allows to separate the effects of the fluid intrusion into the pores and the elastic deformation of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
StatePublished - Oct 15 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


  • Energy absorption
  • Fluid flow in nanoporous media
  • Lyophobic nanoporous suspensions
  • Shock impact
  • Smart materials


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