Superman is strong. He can take a bullet to the chest and not get injured in the least. However, Superman is fictitious. These five real-life materials are just as durable as Superman, and much more useful in our daily lives. Take a look at some real-life materials that are stronger than Superman:
Tungsten is one of the most durable and robust metals in the world. Tungsten is used in electrical applications, military projectiles, catalysts, and the production of tungsten carbide. The metal is extremely dense and extremely hard.
The metal has an extremely high melting point, which makes it ideal for applications where high heat is involved. Even though the metal is extremely hard and durable, it is still possible to work into a variety of shapes for uses such as weights, jewelry, military weapons, shields, and much more.
Titanium is another extremely durable material. Titanium is more durable than steel but has much less weight. This makes it ideal for use in aerospace applications and military applications.
Many airplanes and spaceships use titanium as the metal panels that make up the hull of the aircraft. Titanium is resistant to abrasions, melting, dents, and even bullets. In addition to its aerospace applications, titanium is also used in electronics and industrial machines.
Polycarbonate is one of the strongest types of plastic in the world. Unlike other plastics, the high concentration of carbon in the mixture makes the plastic resistant to a variety of outside issues, like abrasions, bending, cracking, and chemical exposure.
Polycarbonates are highly resistant to impacts and temperature and are commonly used in applications such as sound walls and other construction parts, aircraft and automotive parts, electrical components, and even data storage (including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs).
Polyurethane is a type of extremely durable plastic. The mix of ingredients in polyurethane is much stronger than typical plastic. Two main ingredients, isocyanates, and polyols are the materials that make the plastic strong.
Items manufactured from urethane sheets are tougher, stronger, more durable, and more versatile than other plastics. Polyurethane is resistant to shock, vibrations, UV light, abrasions, chemicals, and even some weapons. Cast urethane parts last much longer than parts made from other materials, and sometimes polyurethane parts last longer than the machine in which they are used.
Ballistic nylon is perhaps the most interesting material on this list. Ballistic nylon is exactly what it sounds like. It is a type of nylon plastic designed to withstand ballistics, bullets, and flack. The original use of the material was to protect the military in WWII from flying bullets and flack while on a war field.
The creation of ballistic nylon was eventually replaced by Kevlar for bulletproof vests, but the original nylon formula is still used today to protect luggage, tool belts, kayaks, other boats, and even motorcycle jackets.
All of these durable materials are necessary to protect machines, people, and products from everyday wear and tear as well as extreme conditions. Without these durable materials, many of the products and practices that we go through every day could not exist. Thanks to these durable materials, the world is much safer and freer than it ever was in the past.