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posted in April 2012
Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Shockwaves Caused Crash of DARPA Hypersonic Aircraft
News 
4/26/2012  15 comments
Stronger than expected shockwaves on the outer shell of a hypersonic vehicle designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) caused it to crash during a test flight last year.
NASA Tests Unmanned Flight With Next-Gen Air Traffic Technology
News 
4/25/2012  7 comments
NASA has completed its first test of the Next-Gen air traffic control system in a commercial-sized, unmanned aircraft.
Air Force Designs Unmanned Lightweight Aircraft for NASA
News 
4/24/2012  10 comments
The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a new unmanned airplane to test the effect of air flow on flexible wings.
Boeing Completes Flight Using Biofuel
News 
4/20/2012  39 comments
A 787 Dreamliner flight across the Pacific Ocean used a combination of biofuel and jet fuel.
Boeing's 737 Max Targets Fuel Efficiency
News 
4/13/2012  17 comments
Boeing’s next-generation airliner has several design features geared toward fuel efficiency, including an extended tail cone and updates to flight and electronics controls.
Innovative Fasteners Beat the Heat
News 
4/12/2012  11 comments
Coupling thinner alloys without shearing is a big win for automotive and aerospace apps.
Rocket Team Notes Curious Design Feature
Made by Monkeys 
4/11/2012  8 comments
The rocket needed a fix to defuse static buildup, but the cure was worse than the problem.
Boeing Space Capsule Passes Parachute Drop Test
News 
4/11/2012  15 comments
A Boeing commercial spacecraft that may bring people and cargo to the International Space Station made it through its first test.
CFD Tool Adds Moving Object Simulation
News 
4/10/2012  8 comments
With its latest STAR-CCM+ v7 release, cd-Adapco joins the ranks of CAD and CAE vendors bolstering tighter connections between the two design tool platforms.
Amphibious Plane Skis on Composites
News 
4/4/2012  26 comments
Composites form the structure of the AKOYA skiplane, which can land on water, dry land, or snow.
China Teams With Boeing to Increase Aircraft Production
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2012  26 comments
China is becoming much more involved in the production of commercial aircraft, including new aluminum alloys for use in large planes, such as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.




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