Engineers Design Fluid Inspired Material Coating for Metals

2020-09-15T12:52:49-07:00

Texture of rusty colorful metal background with a peeling cracked layers of paint. Engineers have developed a new coating strategy for metal that self-heals within seconds when scratched, scraped, or cracked. The novel material could prevent these tiny defects from turning into localized corrosion, which can cause major structures to fail. It’s hard to believe that a tiny crack could take down a gigantic metal structure. But sometimes bridges collapse, pipelines rupture, and fuselages detach from airplanes due to hard-to-detect corrosion in tiny cracks, scratches, and dents. Localized corrosion is extremely dangerous. It is hard to prevent, hard to predict, [...]