A new material allows an airplane wing to self-heal

The new revolutionary material created by researchers in the UK allows an aircraft wing to be able to fix itself in case there is a cracking.

The study was conducted by a group of scientists at Bristol University in the UK and lasted three years. The result was a unique material that allows the regeneration of materials, namely, the possibility of airplane wings to repair when there is a fissure.

Professor Duncan Wass, specialist in fiber paperboard material change and his team collaborated with several engineers from the aerospace industry to find solutions that help prevent undetectable cracks in aircraft fuselages and wings. Finally, they found the solution in "microspheres" that can be added tocarbon, and in case of impact they release a liquid that seeps into cracks and breaks, hardening on contact with a catalyst.

"We were inspired by the human body. Our Eevolution does not allow us to withstand all physical attacks - otherwise, we should have skin as thick as a rhinoceros" explained Professor Wass, in an interview published by The Independent. "But if we get hurt, we bleed, and then form a crust and heal the wound. I simply applied this capability on a synthetic material: we get things that will heal themselves."

Airports engineers can use this discovery, but has also attracted attention from major companies in the cosmetics industry who want to use it to launch a special line of nail polish. It could be used in the automotive sector and renewable energies.

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