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Down-to-earth coatings: Carbon nanotube paints reduce lightning damage to aircraft

: Seidel, Christian; Wulbrand, Wilhelm; Suppa, Manfred; Oehler, Harald; Alig, Ingo; Lellinger, Dirk

European coatings journal (2012), No.12, pp.80-83
ISSN: 0930-3847
Journal Article
Fraunhofer LBF ()
down-to-earth coating; carbon nanotube paint; lightning damage; aircraft

The low conductivity of composite materials used on aircraft, wind turbines etc. can lead to damage by lightning strikes, and conventional paints can aggravate this problem. Carbon nanotubes offer the possibility of producing paints with special electrical properties for this application as well as for electronics use. Studies now being undertaken are outlined and some initial results are presented.