Shock Absorbing Hexagons Protect Ship Hulls

Shock Absorbing Hexagons Protect Ship Hulls
A new shock-absorbing material could make for a smoother cruise by reducing the impact of the water’s surface on speedboats.

Developed by a team from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the material is made up of a thin, viscoelastic layer placed between the layers of the composite material used to form the ship’s hull. The honeycomb shape of the polymer hexagons absorbs the energy of the impact of the ship on the water, cushioning the shocks and reducing the chances of the hull fracturing.

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