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Human powered flapping flight is just a matter of using the right
shape of flexible foam wings to smooth your body into the air, but
flexing any material as a part of the flight will make it so that the
wings will always be falling apart.
To fix this we need 3D magnetic chain mail where each
suspended from the next by magnets so that the overall effect is
the extension or contraction of the material will not be wearing
anything down but the magnetism of the parts.
Each cubical module could have three open sides, inward facing
magnets on the inside, and three sides with extended arms with
back-facing magnets at the end. Each arm would enter the side of
the adjoining module and be suspended from it by the repulsion
between the arm magnet and the inside magnets of the next
That is a pretty poor attempt at a solution but you know what I
3D Chain Mail
maybe the simple solution is that these rings are all magnetic [JesusHChrist, Jun 04 2016]
||// Human powered flapping flight is just a matter of using the right shape of flexible foam wings //
||... and developing hollow bones, a total reconfiguration of the thorax muscles, a modified cardiovascular system, atrophied legs, and a complete change in the way the skull is articulated. Oh, and abandon mammalian reproduction in favour of the oviparous path.
||I don't know about you, but there are some aspects of mammalian mating that I'm in favor of.
||I'm not going to give your completely false premise
a pass. The material science problem with human
powered flight isn't "[flexing any material as a part
of the flight will make it so that the wings will
always be falling apart]". It is, essentially, given
even perfect additional parts the human organism
isn't laid out with a balance of parts capable of
takeoff, and even sans legs and such the muscle in
the torso isn't laid out or inclined to the task.
||As such, the inclusion of magical magnets in any
arrangement provides no solution nor directs in no
way a path to human powered flight.
||//some aspects of mammalian mating that I'm in favor of.
||I don't remember that far back...
||If this could be made to work, it would be kind of cool..how
about ferrofluid in competing magnetic fields, with an extra
magnetic field to make the shape of someone's lips blowing
a raspberry, for the purposes of taunting the enemy?
||// the muscle in the torso isn't laid out or inclined to the task. //
||Furthermore, this idea isn't even guaranteed to achieve its
stated (unhelpful) goal of being immortal to mechanical
fatigue: The magnets experience internal stresses due to
the interaction of their fields, and these stresses change as
the magnets move relative to each other. This is likely to
eventually wear out the magnets mechanically, such that
they crack, and when magnets crack, they don't work that
well. Also, whatever material the magnets are mounted
on/with will also experience stresses, and these stresses
will also change during operation, leading to fatigue of the