• Question: Dear Sir/Madame We are a group of 3 year nine students researching a project to try and achieve the Bronze Crest award for science investigation. We are investigating non-newtonian substances and which powders we can can substitute for cornflour to make non-newtonian substances. We would like to ask you if there are any uses for non-newtonian substances? Thankyou for your time and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours Faithfully, Freya,Lucy and Katy

    Asked by tuulikkiwebb to Laura, Nicola, Norman, Sandra, Thanasis on 19 Mar 2013.
    • Photo: Laura Soul

      Laura Soul answered on 19 Mar 2013:

      That was very polite! Crest is a really great thing to get involved in, I hope it goes well for you! I don’t know a huge amount about non-newtonian fluids, other than that you can find some very cool videos on youtube of what happens when you put some on a speaker! It’s not my area of expertise.

      If you google it though there is loads of information online, there’s even a whole scientific journal that is just for scientists who work on it to publish their work. I’ve found out it’s used in paint and body armour and all sorts of things. Maybe one of the other scientists can tell you more though!

    • Photo: Nicola Wardrop

      Nicola Wardrop answered on 19 Mar 2013:

      Wow – sounds exciting. I love the way cornflour and water acts, its pretty fun to play with! Other than that though, I don’t know much about non-newtonian substances – sorry I wasn’t much help for your project.