Shock-absorbing hull makes speedboats sturdier

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Hulls of speedboats are usually made using materials such as fiberglass which can crack easily from the impact of water. Therefore, these lightweight composite materials often result in speedboats needing frequent repairs and may even cause boats to sink at sea.  A team from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) led by Juan Carlos Suárez Bermejo, came up with a solution which places a thin viscoelastic layer in between the layers of a composite material used to make a speedboat’s hull. Viscoelastic is made from linked rigid polymer hexagons. In the middle of each hexagon is a rubber piece which…

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