Velcro on steroids

Velcro on steroids

Researchers design steel analog of well-known fastener

By Janet Raloff, 13:19 PM September 8, 2009

Hook-and-loop tape is the generic name. But everyone knows the plastic fastener that can be reused and repositioned endlessly as Velcro. Now, German engineers have developed industrial-grade analogs for automotive and other applications. Made from steel, the newly patented fasteners can operate at temperatures as high as 800° Celsius and at tensile loads of up to 35 metric tons per square meter.

Industrial companies approached the Technical University of Munich’s Institute of Metal Forming ...

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