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Piezonucleic Lining Project

The Piezonucleic Lining Project was a pre-war research initiative of Cambridge Polymer Labs.

Background

The Cambridge Polymer staff worked on the development of piezonucleic lining for power armor. Funded by a grant from the Defense Experimental Research Project Initiative, the endeavor was managed by Col. George Kemp.[1]

The initiative sought to convert ionizing radiation into electrical energy, strengthening power armor. Initial studies conducted by the research team led Ericka Elwood-Woolum to hypothesize that taking a known piezoelectric material, Lead Zirconium Titanite (PZT), and properly applying a polymer of Gold and Lithium Hydride may produce the desired effect.[2]

In testing, ionizing radiation was successfully converted into energy at a rate 15 times higher than automotive fusion engines, but the ionic excitation in the gold suspension caused the nano weave to break down. The team changed the dosing pattern on the gold to produce thinner strands, believing the attempt would increase surface area and therefore help dissipate the thermal energy.[3] Kemp rejected the suggestion and threatened to end their funding.[4]

Notes

The projects undertaken at Cambridge Polymer are referred to as Piezonucleic Lining Project, Nucleostrictive Lining Project, and Nucleostrictive Plating Project.[5][6][7]

References

  1. Molly: "The genesis of Cambridge Polymer Labs lies in the research of a group brilliant graduate students. Jon Elwood, Ericka Woolum, and Wilfred Bergman met during their time together at CIT. This slide shows them at their graduation. Their research into nucleostrictive and piezoelectric polymers caught the attention of Col. George Kemp in the fall of 2073. In the spring of 2074 the company was founded, with a generous grant provided by the Defense Experimental Research Project Initiative. The research produced here has resulted in several of components used in the Liberty Prime project that led to the successful defense of Anchorage. The company enjoys a strong relationship with the military and welcomes your addition to the research team that helps build a better America."
    (Molly (Fallout 4)/Dialogue)
  2. Cambridge Polymer Labs terminal entries; Ericka's terminal, Project Thesis
  3. Cambridge Polymer Labs terminal entries; Ericka's terminal, Thermal dissipation
  4. Cambridge Polymer Labs terminal entries; Ericka's terminal, Tensile strain
  5. Cambridge Polymer Labs terminal entries; J. Elwood - Mandatory Overtime
  6. Molly: "Have you completed the research on the Piezonucleic Lining Project?"
    (Molly (Fallout 4)/Dialogue)
  7. Molly: "Sir, wonderful news. The Nucleostrictive Plating Project has finally produced a working prototype."
    (Molly (Fallout 4)/Dialogue)