HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>
grand
User Rank
Iron
Great Inspiration
grand   3/12/2012 10:30:46 AM
NO RATINGS
Great to see inspiration from Nature. Great article.

Jack Rupert, PE
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Piranha-proof protection
Jack Rupert, PE   3/11/2012 2:31:59 PM
NO RATINGS
While I didn't see it specifically mentioned, it sounds like it might help eliminate the need for special "stab protection" in law enforcement body arnor, besides making it more flexible.

Also, I wonder if it could be used for other types of protection, such as an outer layer of blast protection.

Pete Ostapchuk
User Rank
Iron
Re: River Monsters
Pete Ostapchuk   3/9/2012 6:03:05 PM
NO RATINGS
The animal rights people would not allow fish to be used in such an experiment. Pete

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: River Monsters
Charles Murray   3/9/2012 5:02:38 PM
NO RATINGS
Okay, but I'm still waiting to see the Arapaima on River Monsters.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: River Monsters
Ann R. Thryft   3/9/2012 3:30:43 PM
NO RATINGS

Chuck, sorry to disappoint you. It would have been a lot more dramatic, that's for sure. I'd guess that the reason a real piranha was not used in the experiment was most likely because of the danger and hassle involved with handling a real piranha. I wouldn't want to tangle with one of those, even if sedated.


Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Piranha-proof protection
Rob Spiegel   3/9/2012 3:03:02 PM
NO RATINGS

This particular one you've covered is very impressive. Just the fact they could identify the Amazonian Arapaima gigas fish as having the qualities they needed for their sythetic material is brilliant.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Piranha-proof protection
Rob Spiegel   3/9/2012 2:49:22 PM
NO RATINGS
In some ways, we look to nature because -- well, where else are you going to look. In recent years, however, I've seen there is a more deliberate look to nature for innovation. This is even true in the pharma industry. They're looking to nature for medicinal drugs. For one thing, drugs occurring in nature don't have to go through the same multi-year qualification process.

hermit48
User Rank
Iron
Body Armor
hermit48   3/9/2012 2:06:36 PM
NO RATINGS
Pinnacle Armors' Dragon Skin uses ceramic scales.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Piranha-proof protection
naperlou   3/9/2012 1:27:48 PM
NO RATINGS
Current military body armor uses a kevlar layer and a ceramic plate to provide protection against high powered rifle bullets.  The kevlar is a woven fabric built up in layers at angles.  The ceramic plate is added to provide protection from rifle bullets.  Seems like that part of the armor is already being used.  The overlapping scale idea is interesting.  This might hold promise for lighter, stronger armor.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Piranha-proof protection
naperlou   3/9/2012 12:59:30 PM
NO RATINGS
One reason I'm glad we got rid of cable.

<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service