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Self Healing Aircraft Skin Developed

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posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 02:13 PM
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A flexible material that automatically repairs damage and also pinpoints where it has been wounded has been developed by US researchers. They say it could eventually prove useful for airplane maintenance.

The material heals itself by releasing a syrupy epoxy, stored underneath its outer polymer surface when this is breached. The epoxy naturally flows into crack or ruptures and sets hard when exposed to UV light.

Self Healing Aircraft Skin




posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 02:15 PM
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wow thats pretty cool!

good find

reverse engineering anyone?



posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 04:54 PM
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This is particularly important for spacecraft. If the hull is breached by micro-meteors it can self heal - potentially saving lives.



posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 05:01 PM
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This is particularly important for spacecraft. If the hull is breached by micro-meteors it can self heal


Wouldnt the lack of gravity make this redundant?



posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 02:16 AM
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That would be useful on the 787
Nice find.



posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 02:42 AM
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as long as its during daylight flights...




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