Fracture testing of a self-healing polymer composite

  title={Fracture testing of a self-healing polymer composite},
  author={E. N. Brown and Nancy R. Sottos and Scott R. White},
  journal={Experimental Mechanics},
Inspired by biological systems in which damage triggers an autonomic healing response, a polymer composite material that can heal itself when cracked has been developed. In this paper we summarize the self-healing concept for polymeric composite materials and we investigate fracture mechanics issues consequential to the development and optimization of this new class of material. The self-healing material under investigation is an epoxy matrix composite, which incorporates a microencapsulated… 
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