P2_7 Not So Incy Wincy

Benjamin Jordan, Thomas Morris, Katie Raymer, Oliver Youle


This paper takes the abilities of spider silk to the extreme by examining how thick a single strand would have to be in order to stop a commercial airliner mid-flight. We found that a 50m long strand with a diameter of 12.57cm would be able to bring the aircraft to rest without exceeding the limit of elasticity.

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