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New tech solves longstanding challenges for self-healing materials

Engineering researchers have developed a new self-healing composite that allows structures to repair themselves in place, without having to be removed from service. This latest technology resolves two longstanding challenges for self-healing materials, and can significantly extend the lifespan of structural components such as wind-turbine blades and aircraft wings. Read Full Article Here For more…

Keeping planes and wind turbines ice-free

Engineers have made a significant breakthrough in de-icing technology. New research examines a smart, hybrid — meaning passive and also active — de-icing system that works by combining an interfacial coating with an ice-detecting microwave sensor. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Wind Energy News

New ice-shedding coating is 100x stronger than others

To combat the hazards of ice, a mechanical engineer has developed a sprayable ice-shedding material that is 100 times stronger than any others. It’s been tested by Boeing under erosive rain conditions at 385 miles per hour and outperformed current state-of-the-art aerospace coating technologies. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Wind Energy News

A sustainable battery with a biodegradable electrolyte made from crab shells

Accelerating demand for renewable energy and electric vehicles is sparking a high demand for the batteries that store generated energy and power engines. But the batteries behind these sustainability solutions aren’t always sustainable themselves. Scientists have now create a zinc battery with a biodegradable electrolyte from an unexpected source — crab shells. Read Full Article…

Wind turbine blades could someday be recycled into sweet treats

Wind power is an increasingly popular form of renewable energy. But when it’s time to replace the huge turbine blades that convert wind into electricity, disposal is a problem. Today, scientists report a new composite resin for making these behemoths that could later be recycled into new turbine blades or many other products, including countertops,…

Do wind instruments disperse COVID aerosol droplets?

Orchestral ensembles have faced many challenges when starting to perform again during the COVID pandemic, and contamination is a chief concern: specifically, whether wind instruments are vectors of contamination through aerosol dispersion. Researchers worked with musicians to deepen our understanding of how much aerosol is produced and dispersed by wind instruments. They used visualization to…

Death of bats at wind turbines interrupts natural food chains

The numerous casualties of bats at wind turbines (WT) have a negative impact on the populations of affected species and potentially far-reaching consequences for the biodiversity in rural areas. Until now, it could only be assumed that the death of bats had further consequences. Now, a team of scientists show that natural food chains are…

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