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    Next For Airplanes, Mother-of-Pearl Skins?

    You have been sent this message from sjcote@verizon.net as a courtesy of AVwebFlash (http://www.avweb.com).

    Hey, can I do this to the structures under my tubing in the cabin?
    "Let 'em leak, my aluminum won't corrode anymore?"

    Next For Airplanes, Mother-of-Pearl Skins?

    April 16, 2008
    By Mary Grady, Contributing editor

    Scientists from the University of Dayton Research Institute have manipulated the process of shell and pearl formation in oysters to demonstrate a method for depositing pearl-like coatings onto various metal surfaces, such as an aircraft, according to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123094274), which is funding the study. The findings could lead to the development of new lightweight, durable coatings that would protect aircraft from impact and corrosion, the USAF said. The Air Force currently uses protective ceramic coatings on aircraft for various purposes, but officials said this new nonhazardous process could create ceramics at room temperature and pressure. Existing methods require a high-temperature, high-pressure environment.

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    Oyster

    Great! Now we just have to find a REALLY BIG OYSTER to put the plane in....

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    Re: Oyster

    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeddie
    Great! Now we just have to find a REALLY BIG OYSTER to put the plane in....
    Well...maybe we can work the other way. Put the oyster inside. Or something with a shell; we're slow, how 'bout snails? We can put them in the back...(wait for it)...escargo! :P


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    Ouch!

    I thought my comment was bad...

    Ouch


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