Engineering Students’ Airplane Research Is Crystal Clear

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 09:28 in Physics & Chemistry

Forget delays, lines and ticket costs -- for many people, flying isn't just an aggravation, it's an outright phobia. New research may make airplane passengers a little less fearful in the future. Young researchers have been focusing on ice clouds and crystals, which can contribute to plane crashes. Some crashes occur because ice crystals collect on a plane's wings as it passes through a cloud, causing the shape of the wing to change, reducing the lift force needed for flying.

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