Self-Healing Material could repair cracks

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.”

via BBC