Chinese come up with a Way of avoiding bird-plane accidents.
The Chinese are an enterprising people. They have found a solution to bird-plane collisions which a costly hazard for the aviation industry.
China's Northwestern Polytechnical University Professor Li Yulong lead the research team that has made a breakthrough in solving this problem after so many years of hard work.
The fact that birds flying in the vicinity could end up as mincemeat in the engines of the planes has plagued the field of avionics. About 63 airplanes have crashed since 1912 due to these accidents with avian species.
Especially, military planes which fly at great speeds face more of a hazard than civilian airlines. Among the 353 accidents that have occurred since 1950, 165 fatalities have taken place, according to People's Daily Online.
The new scheme to get planes and passengers out of this mess aims at clearing the way beforehand. All blockages are removed. Professor Li's new design concept is based on "clearing the path rather than blocking it."
Normally a soft-bodied bird smashes into a jet plane and literally bursts like a water balloon. The impact is like water on a board. It gets spread.
Since the bird behaves in this particular manner, it is best to devise a strategy that takes this behavior into account.
"A soft-bodied bird, in the context of a high-speed impact, behaves more or less like a liquid, similar to the way water behaves when splashed on a board," said Professor Li. "Since it behaves this way, we may as well alter our strategy to take that into account."
This novel technique of using the aerodynamics of birds and planes in the repertoire of precautionary measures has already been patented in the USA last year.
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France is the second nation that will ratify and begin employing the method. Several military and civil aircrafts have already used this new breakthrough technique in China.