YouTuber Demonstrates Whether It’s Possible to Lift Weights With Nitinol

When heated, nitinol remembers its original shape and returns to it.
Derya Ozdemir

When it comes to interesting metals, nitinol has without a doubt a secured place. It's a metal alloy composed of nickel and titanium and possesses unique properties, including superelasticity or pseudoelasticity, which means nitinol can remember its original shape and return to it when heated.

This "shape memory" quality has led to nitinol being used in a wide range of applications ranging from dentistry and endodontics to colorectal surgery and stents, and in this video, The Action Lab experiments with the metal using different setups, ranging from testing out how quickly it reacts to being heated and being submerged in water to seeing how strong it is. He demonstrates that you can easily use it to lift things up, but perhaps the most interesting part of the video is when he experiments with using nitinol to run some sort of an engine. You'll certainly be vowed by the potential of this metal, so make sure you watch the video embedded above.

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