Monday, January 9, 2012

Ji-Huan He's "flying vehicle on a soft porous blanket"

A reader kindly draws our attention to Yang-Shuai Liu and Ji-Huan He, Soft compressible mat for "flying" vehicles, Mathematical and Computational Applications, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 967-969, 2010. Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

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On the top of page 968 he says "The moving vehicle pushes the soft compressible porous mat, which is deformed with a slope of α" which is not correct according to Fig. 2. He means "a slope of minus tan α" surely. Still, this looks to me like one of his better papers, or least bad anyway.

His conclusion "We suggest a concept of the flying vehicles, which might be found applications in the near future" seems a bit far-fetched.

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  1. Jason, did you notice the new affiliation of JHH in the paper? "Beijing Institute of Technology" (BIT?), which also provides a grant to support this research.

  2. That's interesting. I wonder what "explosion science" is

  3. Maybe he's trying to poorly imitate the idea behind "Maglev" trains? (Which don't technically fly, put perhaps you can explain it to a kid like that.)

    As far as I know, the State Key laboratories are pretty high up in the food chain in China. How did JHH weasel his way into that?

  4. He has a lot of practice from weaseling into editorial boards. And El Naschie Watch has almost no readers in China, unfortunately, except for a tiny enclave in central Hong Kong.