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Kicking the crack habit

Future Proof remembers the good old days when visible brown stains of nicotine were an aerostructures specialist’s dream.   One only has to recall China Airlines Flight 611 where one of the more surprising features of the investigation into metal fatigue was revealed by the tell-tale nicotine stains deposited by the accumulated smoke from years […]

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Nanotubes: the latest craze

US researchers say they have discovered a new technique for provoking unusual crazing behaviour in epoxy composites.   So what, you may ask?   Well, it seems that crazing, which causes the composite to deform into a network of nanoscale pillar-like fibres that bridge together both sides of a crack and slow its growth and basically […]

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