Nano-based paint formulation can detect minute flaws in structures

01/30/2012 | Engineer (U.K.), The

Researchers have developed a nano-based paint formulation that can detect microscopic structural problems in structures such as bridges and wind turbines. "When these carbon nanotubes start to bend, the conductivity in them will change," said David McGahon, one of the project's researchers. "It creates a conductivity map so if a crack appears you will be able to see on a finite element model where exactly in the structure it is," he added.

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