This small-scale aircraft model demonstrates how buckypaper allows lightning’s electrical charge to fl ow around the plane and dissipate without causing damage.
Buckypaper is about 25-µm thick and made from CNT fi bers about 1/50,000th the diameter of a human hair. The nanotubes have atomic bonds powerful enough to make them twice as hard as diamond. When sheets of buckypaper are stacked, the resulting composite material is 10 times lighter than steel—but 250 times stronger. The implications for aerostructures—increased payloads and improved fuel effi ciency—are tantalizing. Also, unlike conventional composite materials,
buckypaper conducts electricity about as well as silicon and disperses heat like steel. Instead of the
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