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Gecko-Inspired Tape Can Be Reused Thousands of Times

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This is nothing knew. They have known about how Gecko's stickiness has worked for some time. The only think I can think is that this is the first time they've been able to create a man made version of this adhesive in this fashion?

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    As is so often the case these days for those searching for a better way to stick stuff together, researchers from the Zoological Institute at the University of Kiel in Germany have turned to the biology of gravity-defying ceiling walkers, such as geckos and insects. These creatures served as inspiration for a new dry adhesive tape that not only boasts impressive bonding strength, but can also be attached and detached thousands of times without losing its adhesive properties.

    The secret to the wall climbing ability of many insects and geckos lies in the thousands of tiny hairs called setae that cover their feet and legs. The sheer abundance of these hairs, coupled with flattened tips that can splay out to maximize contact on even rough surface areas, make it sufficient for the Van der Waals forces, which operate at a molecular level and are relatively weak compared to normal chemical bonds, to provide the requisite adhesive strength that allows them to scurry along walls and ceilings.

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  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Gordon or the GEICO one? :laugh1:
  3. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    I believe Gordon was "Gekko"

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  4. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Thousands of times.....or just once if it gets dirty before it's applied.:laugh2:

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