Self healing materials

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by Kalynnu
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Self healing materials

The self- healing material is polymer based and can easily heal using metallo-supramolecular light. This polymer based material can be changed to supple liquid. This fills crevasses and gaps from dents and scratches. Under ultraviolet light, after only a minute it can become hard or solid.

Citations:"Research Areas." Nsf.gov. The National Science Foundation, 20 Apr. 2011. Web. 11 Sept. 2013.Patel, Prachi. "Plastic That Heals Itself." MIT Technology Review. N.p., 11 June 2007. Web. 11 Sept. 2013."Xaide’s Blog." » Self-healing Materials: Scientists Make Industry’s and Human Race’s Dream Come True. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2013.

The picture shows how it consists of layers and if an area gets damaged the epoxy coating provides small catalyst particles so the microchannels in the substrate are filled with a healing liquid.

Self- healing materials were actually created 6 years ago. In the beginning they were expensive but over the years have lowered in price. (can't find the actual cost).

“It’s essentially like giving life to a plastic." -Chris Bielawski

It is made up of a general material which is what is needed to build the object.The bubble capsule- the material that keeps the material reactive and doesn't mix with the HA. It is also made of the bubble capsule insides (healing agent) which is a solvent or catalyst. This reacts with GM.


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