Strathclyde involved in project which creates artificial limb sockets from recycled plastic bottles
Researchers from Strathclyde are involved in a project to create artificial limb sockets from recycled plastic bottles.
The initiative by De Montfort University in Leicester, has successfully manufactured the first-of-its-kind prosthetic limb socket.
Project lead, engineer Dr K Kandan, found he could grind the plastic bottles down and use the granulated material to spin polyester yarns. This yarn can be knitted into a fabric and used to produce a strong yet lightweight material that can be moulded into prosthetic sockets.
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