In its low-drag configuration, the "smorph" looks like a golf ball (Image: MIT)
Newly developed 'smorph' surfaces can change their configuration at will to minimize aerodynamic drag (Image: MIT)
The material could be used to make radomes impervious to hurricane-force winds (Image: US Navy)
Researchers at MIT have developed a smart curved surface that can morph at will to reduce drag, generating a series of small, evenly spaced dimples that make it resemble the outside of a golf ball. This technology could be used to reduce hurricane damage on some public buildings, as well as increase the aerodynamic and fuel efficiency in cars.
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