Monthly Archives: January 2015

Water-Repellent Metal

Rust-prone metal may soon be a thing of the past thanks to two University of Rochester scientists. Through their use of powerful laser beams, the surface of metal will now last longer as well as having the material become more practical in a broader range of purpose. The process is detailed in the Journal of Applied Physics, but what it does is change the surface of metals by repeatedly subjecting the surface to bursts of lasers. Water cannot adhere to or saturate metal surfaces when treated to this process. “Some potential applications for anti-icing surfaces include protection of aerofoils, power transmission lines, pipes of air …

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