Why did NASA use memory foam?


Gabriel Baker   |   Member since 2020  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Memory foam, also known as temper foam, was developed under a NASA contract in the 1970s that set out to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for airline pilots and passengers. Memory foam has widespread commercial applications, in addition to the popular mattresses and pillows.

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Leilani Greenwood   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Subsequently, one may also ask, why do they call it memory foam?

So the foam has a memory -- it keeps the hand shape for a bit, and so is said to have a memory of your hand's impression. That is why this particular type of foam became known as memory foam. In the trade, it is more accurately known as visco-elastic foam because of its viscous and elastic natures at different temps.

Secondly, when was memory foam invented? 1966 .


Joy Clarke   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Thereof, is memory foam shock absorbing?

Everyday Tech From Space: ' Memory Foam ' for the Masses. This foam padding, which absorbs shock while providing comfort and protection, is now widely used almost 50 years after it was developed for NASA.


Phoebe Baxter   |   Member since 2007  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Is memory foam good for your back?

Memory foam, if too soft, can cause the sleeper to lose healthy spinal alignment by sinking into the mattress too deep. Memory foam is considered a low resilience polyurethane, which means the foam doesn't rebound, or push back, to help align your body.


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Marvin Potter   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

How does a memory foam mattress work?

Memory foam works by becoming soft enough to mould around a person or body shape. This happens when the high-density, low-resilience polyurethane foam reacts to body heat. When the pressure is removed, it returns to its original shape.


Chuck Carpenter   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Is neoprene shock absorbed?

A neoprene pad is a sheet of dense CR rubber that is used to isolate and dampen vibrations and noise. Generally, most elastomers possess a shock-absorbing ability due to their molecular structure. Thus, when vibrations pass through the pad, the strength of the vibrations is reduced.


Bernadette Shelton   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

What is the most shock absorbing material?

Why Sorbothane Is The Best Shock Absorbing Material SorbothaneŽ absorbs up to 94.7% of impact shock. SorbothaneŽ is a highly-damped, visco-elastic, polymeric solid.


Luna Barrett   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Why is memory foam so expensive?

Memory foam mattress is expensive because it can effectively last long and is made up of highly durable material. Due to the material and process used in manufacturing the memory foam mattress, its effectiveness is maintained over several years. Generally, memory foam is considered expensive.


Julius Stewart   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

Can you wash memory foam?

Memory foam mattress toppers and memory foam mattresses must always be cleaned by hand, because machine cleaning can destroy the memory foam. For simple cleaning, you need a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, a gentle fabric cleaner, water, and a spray bottle.


Jacqueline Saunders   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

Is memory foam toxic?

Toxic chemicals in memory foam. Some memory foam mattresses contain toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and naphthalene. Memory foam may contain isocyanates, which, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.


Adalie Carter   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

Why is memory foam yellow?

The largest contributors of polyurethane memory foam discoloration are light exposure, oxidation, and temperature. Oxidation caused by motor emissions, gas powered furnaces, pollution, and ozone exposure can lead to the oxidation process, contributing to the yellowing in color of memory foam products.


Hanna Vincent   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

How is memory foam made?

The main component of memory foam or viscoelastic foam is polyurethane that is made by mixing hydrocarbons, commonly found in petroleum with water. Memory foam is then formed by mixing additional chemicals to this polyurethane foam.


Hayden Wood   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

Which type of mattress is best?

How to Pick Your Perfect MattressInnerspring Mattresses. Innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. Memory Foam Mattresses. Latex Mattresses. Shamie notes that air beds have long been used for patients with spinal cord injuries who are lying in bed for a long time. Adjustable Beds. Sofa Beds.


Rylee Vallins   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

Can memory foam be used for insulation?

Memory foam does not insulate well.


Cara Ross   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

How can I keep my bed cool?

Keep the bedroom around 67 degrees. Naturally, any conversation about staying cool at night will start with room temperature. Maintain a relative humidity between 30 and 50%. Run fans in the bedroom. Use breathable sheets. Use a cooling mattress pad. Use a cooling pillow.


Havana Tait   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How many years does a memory foam mattress last?

ten years


Bree Knight   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

How is Sorbothane made?

Sorbothane is a proprietary, visco-elastic polymer. SorbothaneŽ is a thermoset, polyether-based, polyurethane material. In addition to being visco-elastic, SorbothaneŽ also has a very high damping coefficient. SorbothaneŽ combines shock absorption, good memory, vibration isolation and vibration damping characteristics.


Quinn Mcguire   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

Who created memory foam?

Memory foam, the latest in sleep technology was actually developed in 1966 by Charles Yost under contract for NASA. He had been contracted to develop a cushioning to use for takeoff to relieve the stress caused by the high G-force the astronauts were subjected to. The original product was called T-foam or temper foam.


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