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In a study published in the American Chemical Society’s Macro Letters in July, a research team showed it had found a way to make a material that can quickly heal itself. According to New Scientist, the material is made up of three layers—two thin polymer walls with a liquid inside—which, when exposed to oxygen, will harden.
This means when either of the walls are punctured, the liquid will quickly fill up the gap. In a video released by the research team, the material can be seen actually fixing a hole made by a bullet in about a second.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
I'm cynical about this with this technology it allows us to expand and if we come contact extraterrestrials how long will it takes before we enslave and exploit them?
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: lostbook
From the excerpt it seems like human skin could've been the inspiration. There are two layers of 'skin' and the 'liquid' could act as blood platelets that seal the wound.
Technology replicating biology, I love it.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin have both submitted proposals for consideration. Lockheed's conceptual suggestions include a higher top speed, greater range, improved stealth capabilities, and even a self-healing exterior. If, for example, the F/A-XX takes enemy fire, a two part epoxy-hardening agent putty would be automatically extruded to scab over the bullet holes and keep the aircraft airborne. Unlike the rubber bladder lined fuel tanks from WWII (the bladder would expand when the tank ruptured to plug the hole), this system would be similar to those developed at the University of Illinois' Autonomous Materials Systems Research Group which "bleed" liquid solvent into structural cracks or those from Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol in England which instead uses composite-filled glass microtubules. All Lockheed needs to do now is invent such a system.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: Ozsheeple
there is oxygen in the ship so a breach should seal.