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IceLESS skating rinks?

  1. May 22, 2008 #1
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  3. May 22, 2008 #2


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    Plastic skating rinks have been around a while. When I was a kid, they used to set one up in the mall for the winter holiday season. I don't know how similar that is to the current ones, but it seemed to work well enough for people to have a little fun in the mall.
  4. May 22, 2008 #3
    Oh wow, that is some pretty sweet stuff. :)

    Wouldn't your skates get stuck in the treads of others?? How are they going to smooth it out??
  5. May 22, 2008 #4
    There is nothing like falling on ice.
  6. May 22, 2008 #5


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    Can't they modify the Zamboni to lay down a new layer of plastic? Or at least sand it down to a smooth surface with a whole new surface installed periodically.
  7. May 22, 2008 #6
    That asian guy has an australian accent!!!! Thats more amazing than the report.

    Ahahah, look at fat boy try to ice skate.
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  8. May 22, 2008 #7
    There's a chick on one of the Science Channel shows whose Chinese and has an Aussie accent...
  9. May 22, 2008 #8
    Australia is a country made up of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
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  11. May 23, 2008 #10
    In response to the OP:

    Even normal skating would damage the surface over time and it would need to be treated to get it back to its original glory. if the material is a simple non-crosslinked polymer (like a wax) then it could have the surface heated to a melting point where surface tension and gravity will smooth out any bumps or divots. Alternatively a solvent could be spread across the surface and then scraped off / allowed to evaporate / re-set the polymer.

    It would probably more costly to create and maintain a low friction surface on one of those plastic rinks than it would on a traditional ice. Maybe if someone comes up with a self-healing memory polymer with super low friction under load it'll catch on.

    from the article it sounds like they haven't included running surface repairs in to their cost-benefit analysis.
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