Steel Velcro Ship-Saver?

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Sep 072009

Could steel 'velcro' help prevent ship losses?

A week after MAIB’s report of on the Riverdance incident, and the day after a Philippine ferry capsized, MAC came across this potential life- and ship- saver in his favourite science magazine, New Scientist. It is, put simply, steel Velcro developed in Germany’s Technical University of Munich.

Called Metaklett and credited to a team led by Josef Mair it uses a hook-and-eye system similar to Velcro, but is made of thin,perforated steel strips. When ‘velcroed’ together a square metre will support 7 tonnes vertically, or perpendicular to the plane, and 35 tonnes horizontally, or with the plane.

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