Design of Self-Healing Composites
The IUP Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. X, No. 4, November 2017, pp. 43-52
Posted: 9 Aug 2018
Date Written: November 2017
The emphasis on environmental protection and sustainability has led to ways to reduce the amount of waste in construction and production industries. In particular, the amount of waste accumulating in landfills and oceans will have a serious impact on the earth’s climate in the near future and is already being felt worldwide. One of the possible ways to reduce rejected materials and waste is to develop selfhealing materials. Natural materials consisting mainly of composites already show self-healing properties. The only drawback is the time required to develop original strength. It is proposed to look at the geometrical properties of such composites and at the parameters which could be optimized with regard to self-healing. Such materials could find a place in roofing, earthquake-resistant structures, road surfaces, space vehicles and car paints among numerous other consumer applications.
Keywords: Self-Healing, Composite, Vascular, Capsule, Diffusion
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