Self-repairing membranes for inflatable structures inspired by a rapid wound sealing process of climbing plants

  title={Self-repairing membranes for inflatable structures inspired by a rapid wound sealing process of climbing plants},
  author={Markus Rampf and Olga Speck and Thomas Speck and Rolf H. Luchsinger},
  journal={Journal of Bionic Engineering},

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