Self healing wings for planes for safer aviation.
The UK researchers at the University of Bristol have stated that within the next five to ten years self-healing aeroplanes might come into existence. The team got inspired from the way of thinking how human wounds get healed after a cut. They have developed small microspheres which contain a carbon liquid like a healing agent that will be immersed in the aeroplane wings. These spheres will burst once damaged and further releasing the liquid which will harden by itself. The hardening occurs when the liquid comes into contact with a catalyst substance. In this temperature plays a major role. The team is looking forward to apply this idea onto bicycle frames and wind turbines. The team believes that this technology would lead to extend the maintenance schedule and use less material without compromising the safety. They are experimenting this new idea by literally breaking and then allowing it to heal and further breaking it whereby for some cases a 100 per cent recovery is obtained.