The Iron Man suit is a fictional suit of armor worn by the character Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies. the suit is made from several different materials, including iron, steel, nickel-titanium, and monocrystalline titanium. the suit is powered by a miniaturized arc reactor, which provides power equivalent to the combined output of three nuclear power plants. The suit also has a helmet that allows Tony Stark to control devices that are part of the suit.
We’ve seen it in action many times (five times to be precise), but we never stop admiring and enjoying how amazing it really is. if you’re into superhero stuff, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
but being a fan means digging beyond the everyday information and finding something truly fascinating. Now, let’s look at some of the science behind what makes Tony Stark look invincible when she’s wearing the famous Iron Man suit.
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when you talk or even think about iron man, the first image that comes to mind (if you know the world of superheroes) is the legendary red and gold armor. it is undeniably the defining aspect of the character; after all, he is called “iron man”.
it’s not actually iron!
You may have always believed that the iron man suit is made of iron, as the name “iron man” may imply, but that’s nowhere near the truth. the iron man suit that tony stark wears in the movies could not possibly be made of iron. there are a few reasons behind that, namely the fact that iron is an extremely heavy and dense metal. it also rusts very easily and is not as strong as some of its own alloys, such as steel.
it is true that the start of the iron man suit in a dirty cave (in the first iron man movie) was in the form of a crude looking suit that could have contained pieces of iron. However, as stylish and “efficiency-focused” as Tony is, he quickly dismissed the idea of using iron to make his suit and used something else instead. the question is, what metal could you use?
Well, he probably had several metals to choose from, or rather, a clever combination of several metals. your options might include nickel-titanium (nitinol), which is an alloy of titanium. this could be used due to it being a fairly strong metal that is relatively heat resistant and impressively light. moreover, it is capable of ‘healing’, so to speak. it can warp at certain temperatures, true, but it can also spring back to its original shape once it is heated beyond the “transformation temperature”. That said, they haven’t explicitly explored this property of the armor in the movies.
Another alternative is ‘single crystal titanium’, which is a custom variety of titanium that is extremely hard, resists corrosion and withstands significant levels of heat. is becoming increasingly popular in the aviation industry for building jet engines to withstand bird strikes.
that raises a strange question; have you noticed that iron man has never been shown crashing into a bird in any of the movies? looks like it will happen at some point…
iron man exoskeletons in real life
An exoskeleton, or “external skeleton”, is basically an extension of your own skeleton, and a pretty good one at that. In other words, it’s an external framework of metallic bones and muscles that not only protect your body, but also enhance your physical power exponentially!
Popular culture, especially sci-fi action movies, can’t seem to get enough of exoskeletons. The one worn by Iron Man is widely adored by Marvel fans all over the world. It is, as mentioned, a framework of rods, pads, and pipes (similar to bones and muscles) that Tony uses to survive and eventually (so far, at least) emerge above all the electronic and superhuman threats he finds himself surrounded by. by. but can such an exoskeleton really exist?
oh yes, sure you can. in fact, some prototypes with similarities to iron man are already making headlines around the world!
What we’re talking about here are called “powered exoskeletons,” which are exoskeletons that run on electrical power and increase the wearer’s stamina and strength.
some exoskeletons that have already been made (but are not yet in the field) include the famous hulc (yes, pronounced exactly like ‘hulk’), which was devised by lockheed martin, as well as xos, designed by sarcos . both prototypes have obviously been designed for military purposes.
real iron man suit with flying power
What makes Iron Man infallible in the face of impending disaster is not only his clever wits, but also his ability to steer clear of danger and quickly cross great distances through the air (such as flying to a foreign country to save the people from a terrorist group after seeing the horrific scenes of destruction on TV).
this aspect is more or less in the realm of exoskeletons; An exoskeleton that can fly is essentially the Iron Man suit. given how cool it is, it’s no surprise that there have been several attempts to make this type of exoskeleton. one such device, called a rocket belt, could lift the wearer up to 3,000 feet into the air. Efforts are underway to make flight last longer and to make all technology safer for humans to pilot.
iron man helmet
The helmet is the only scientifically plausible part of his entire suit. it is something that we can also have in the near future. The cybernetic helmet that Iron Man uses allows him to control the devices that are part of his suit.
bin he, department chair (biomedical engineering) at the university of minnesota, has actually created a helmet that, in a way, works similar to iron man’s helmet. The basic principle behind the operation of the helmet is related to the electrical currents of the neurons. These currents create electric and magnetic fields that can be detected by an EEG (electroencephalograph).
Although EEG has been available for almost 100 years, recent improvements in signal processing have allowed us to identify the activation signatures of these neurons. these neurons are associated with specific motor imagery tasks. the professor identified the firing patterns that take place when a man looking at images on a computer monitor attempts to mentally move the cursor from left to right. such frequencies, once amplified and modified, can tell the computer to move the cursor!
So even if I didn’t make this helmet for the purpose of fighting, it could definitely be used to help paralyzed patients communicate better with the people around them!
what is the circle of light found on iron man’s chest?
now, let’s get to the heart of the matter…literally, the ‘center’ of iron man.
The little circle of light in the center of Iron Man’s chest isn’t just there to look cool (although it does); it actually has a much larger purpose.
we are talking about the famous ‘arc reactor’…
The iron man suit is clearly a remarkable invention with its hardened exoskeleton and seemingly impenetrable armor, but all of that would be useless if there wasn’t a power source to actually make it all work! that’s where the ‘circle of light’ comes into play.
The “thing” that tony has stuffed into his chest is basically an arc reactor miniaturized into a small electromagnet with an energy output of 8 gigajoules per second. Given the fact that such a gigantic power source rests snugly on her chest, we have to assume there must be a remarkable network of cooling tubes that ensure our beloved Tony doesn’t get roasted alive. furthermore, it must be extremely small and immaculately hidden, as we never see any tubes or pipes protruding from the armor.
In a nutshell, the thing in the center of Iron Man’s suit provides power that’s roughly equivalent to the combined power of three nuclear power plants, but it’s no bigger than a hockey puck. All of these things combined put the idea of a miniaturized arc reactor into the realm of pure fantasy.
It’s no wonder we call Iron Man a ‘cool’ superhero!
Efforts are in full swing to make real iron man suits (or something like that) for military purposes; in fact, the prototypes we talked about earlier are pretty close to what we’ve been dreaming of for real-life superheroes. it’s only a matter of time before we see iron men patrolling the skies of our world, and who knows, we might even get a suit like that for ourselves!