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New ‘Human-Like Skin’ Technology for Airplanes can Help Detect Flying Problems Before They Occur

by Kathy Jones on  August 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
British aerospace company BAE Systems revealed that it is currently developing a new technology that will see the entire outer body of an airplane covered by tens of thousands of micro-sensors that will help pilots measure wind speed, temperature, strain and movement as well as detect problems before they occur, the BBC reported.
 New ‘Human-Like Skin’ Technology for Airplanes can Help Detect Flying Problems Before They Occur
New ‘Human-Like Skin’ Technology for Airplanes can Help Detect Flying Problems Before They Occur
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Senior research scientist Lydia Hyde, who came up with the technology, says the idea came to her while watching her tumble dryer, which uses a sensor to prevent overheating and that observing how a simple sensor can be used to stop a domestic appliance overheating got her thinking about how this could be applied to her work to replace bulky, expensive sensors with cheap, miniature, multi-functional ones.

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The sensors, which might be as small as dust particles and have their own power source, could even be sprayed on to an aircraft like paint and the technology could help equipment and technology to 'report back' on local environmental conditions and alert users to when repairs are needed ahead of schedule if hairline cracks are detected early or could even enable water pipes to 'switch on' heating elements automatically during a particularly cold winter that would prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

Source: ANI
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