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New attitude in polymers - self-healing

 
: Nellesen, A.; Schmidt, A.M.; Bertling, J.; Tapavicza, M. von

Brebbia, C.A. ; Wessex Institute of Technology, Southampton:
Design and nature V. Comparing design in nature with science and engineering : Fifth International Conference on Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering, Pisa, 2010
Southampton: WIT Press, 2010 (WIT transactions on ecology and the environment 138)
ISBN: 978-1-84564-454-3
ISBN: 1-8456-4454-9
pp.431-439
International Conference on Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering <5, 2010, Pisa>
International Conference on Design and Nature <5, 2010, Pisa>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()

Abstract
Elastomeric polymers are nowadays used in a broad variety of highly demanding applications. Due to alternating loads, microsized cracks may occur in the material, even before its loading- and lifetime-limit. The consequences can be drastic - failure of components often leads to the loss of production, delays, raising costs or facilities and - in rarely cases - personal injuries. Our endeavour is the equipment of such technically relevant elastomers with a self-healing agent. If microcracks occur in the material, this system should be able to prevent further growing and seal parts of the crack or even the complete crack to restore the mechanical properties.

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