Reduces the need for hands-on repairs, saving time and money
These self-healing polymers spontaneously mend wear-related fissures and cracks to increase the lifespan of many different products, including components for airplanes and spacecraft. Traditionally, when an item such as a machined component showed signs of wear-and-tear, a human fixed or replaced it. Today’s designers are working to reduce the need for hands-on repairs. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed self-healing polymers that make it possible to fix components by applying heat to the damaged area. Self-healing polymers are an attractive solution for making repairs at low cost, using only heat. Demand for self-healing polymers with shape memory is expected to increase in the near future as industries become more aware of the technology’s many benefits.
ApplicationSelf-healing polymers for use in a wide variety of products, including components on airplanes and spacecraft
- Does not require external forces to heal cracks, making it useful in situations where component replacement is difficult or costly
- Allows for large-scale polymer production, lowering costs
- Can be used as a coating material for everyday applications, such as electronic products or automobile parts, maximizing versatility