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Study of quantification methods in self-healing ceramics, polymers and concrete – a route towards commercialisation

Study of quantification methods in self-healing ceramics, polymers and concrete – a route towards commercialisation

Lucas, Sandra, von Tapavicza, Max, Schmidt, Annette, Bertling, Jürgen and Nellesen, Anke (2016) Study of quantification methods in self-healing ceramics, polymers and concrete – a route towards commercialisation. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. pp. 1-54. ISSN 1045-389X (Print), 1530-8138 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1045389X16641205)

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Abstract

During the past decades, research in self-healing materials has focused on the improvement in mechanical properties, making stronger materials, able to bear increasing solicitations. This strategy proved to be costly and in some cases inefficient, since materials continue to fail, and maintenance costs remained high. Instead of preparing stronger materials, it is more efficient to prepare them to heal themselves, reducing repairing costs and prolonging their lifetime. Several different self-healing strategies, applied to different material classes, have been comprehensively studied. When new materials are subject of research, the attention is directed into the formulations, product processing and scale-up possibilities. Efforts to measure self-healing properties have been conducted considering the specific characteristics of each material class. The development of comprehensive service conditions allowing an unified discussion across different materials classes and the standardization of the underlying quantification methods has not been a priority so far. Until recently, the quantification of self-healing ability or efficiency was focused mostly on the macroscale evaluation, while micro and nanoscale events, responsible for the first stage in material failure, received minor attention. This work reviews the main evaluation methods developed to assess self-healing and intends to establish a route for fundamental understanding of the healing phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-healing, Polymers, Concrete, Ceramics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
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Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 12:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14650

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