MIT works to develop "skin" to sense cracks in concrete

A stretchy skin that could be used to detect cracks in concrete structures is in development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a German university. The stretchable skin would be rolled over structures to periodically detect the formation of cracks. "The sensing skin has the remarkable advantage of being able to both sense a change in the general performance of the structure and also know the damage location at a pre-defined level of precision," researcher Simon Laflamme said. From European Plastics News (U.K.) (7/26)