The Anonymous Widower

Lightning Strikes On Aircraft

They had a piece on BBC Breakfast this morning, about lightning strikes on aircraft, showing how that if there was a layer of metal fibres woven into the carbon fibre, the aircraft skin didn’t collapse.  They did show what happened if a lightning bolt hit the lab teapot.

But there was no mention in the piece of Michael Faraday, who would have course realised the solution, as he did all of the original work and invented the Faraday cage in 1836.

All metal aircraft are in effect, appropriately-sized Faraday cages and this work in Cardiff, is just repeating the process for carbon fibre aircraft.

July 18, 2012 - Posted by | World | , , ,

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