Tags: boeing | lightest | metal

Boeing's Lightest Metal Ever a Microlattice of 99 Percent Air

Image: Boeing's Lightest Metal Ever a Microlattice of 99 Percent Air
(YouTube)

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 06:56 AM

Boeing is showing off this month what it calls the lightest metal ever, a microlattice that is 99.99 percent air, and says that it will be used in spaceships, airplanes, and cars.

According to The Telegraph (UK), microlattice was first announced by scientists at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories, and Caltech in 2011, and now Boeing has released a new video (below) showing how it could be used.

The video explains that the cellular structure of the material is based on the porous but rigid structure of human bones, and shows that it is so light it floats to the ground like a feather when dropped.

"It’s really exciting to be able to work with things that we make that can eventually go into a real product that a lot of users can interact with," says HRL Laboratories research scientist Sophia Yang.

CNN reported that the honeycomb-like material, which sports "a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair," will likely be used first in spacecraft built by Boeing – likely around five years from now.

Bill Carter, the director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL, said from there it will make its way to commercial airplanes in roughly another five years. Because of high manufacturing costs, it is uncertain how long it will take to be feasible for cars.

Currently, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses light-weight composite carbon fiber material, not aluminum, to achieve the top fuel efficiency in its class.

Fuel efficiency is important, as it is usually the highest cost of operating a flight.



© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Boeing is showing off this month what it calls the lightest metal ever, a microlattice that is 99.99 percent air, and says that it will be used in spaceships, airplanes, and cars.
boeing, lightest, metal
272
2015-56-15
Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 06:56 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved