"SELF-HEALING" PLANES -- MAYBE, SOME DAY

The same material that makes golf balls tough may soon make bullet holes vanish in 'self-healing' aircraft fuel tanks," says New Scientist.

Recently, US [Navy] scientists discovered that a commercially sold polymer - used to coat bowling pins, helmets, and golf balls - displays a curious property when shot at: it can immediately "pave over" the bullet holes.Now, a team led by Christopher Coughlin, a materials engineer at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, is trying to understand why the polymer self-heals. He hopes one day it can be used to help aircraft fuel tanks recover quickly from enemy fire.
Show Full Article

Related Topics

DefenseTech

2018 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies

Military.com has compiled a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2018.

View Veterans Day Discounts

Most Popular Military News