Autonomic healing of polymer composites

@article{White2001AutonomicHO,
  title={Autonomic healing of polymer composites},
  author={Scott R. White and Nancy R. Sottos and Philippe H. Geubelle and J. S. Moore and Michael R. Kessler and Suresh R. Sriram and E. N. Brown and S. Viswanathan},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={409},
  pages={794-797}
}
Structural polymers are susceptible to damage in the form of cracks, which form deep within the structure where detection is difficult and repair is almost impossible. Cracking leads to mechanical degradation of fibre-reinforced polymer composites; in microelectronic polymeric components it can also lead to electrical failure. Microcracking induced by thermal and mechanical fatigue is also a long-standing problem in polymer adhesives. Regardless of the application, once cracks have formed… 
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