Self-healing material could instantly repair cracks on airplane wings in mid-flight.
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Researchers developed microspheres containing “healing agent,” that release a carbon-based liquid when damaged, which hardens.
Chemistry professor Duncan Wass, said to BBC:
“We’re talking about tiny cracks – not a 1m-wide hole. But micro-cracks can lead to catastrophic failures.
The technology could also be applied to other products made of carbon composite materials – including bicycle frames and wind turbines.”
Professor Wass, explains:
“Carbon fiber composites have been widely used in Formula One and performance cars for many years, but now their use is getting more mainstream.”