Self-healing fiber- reinforced polymer composites

Ian P. Bond, Richard S. Trask, Hugo R. Williams

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Self-healing is receiving an increasing amount of interest worldwide as a method to address damage in materials. In particular, for advanced high-performance fiberreinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials, self-healing offers an alternative to employing conservative damage-tolerant designs and a mechanism for ameliorating inaccessible and invidious internal damage within a structure. This article considers in some detail the various self-healing technologies currently being developed for FRP composite materials. Key constraints for incorporating such a function in FRPs are that it not be detrimental to inherent mechanical properties and that it not impose a severe weight penalty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-774
Number of pages5
JournalMRS bulletin
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for an Advanced Research Fellowship (GR/T03383/01) for I.P. Bond and research funding (GR/T17984/01) for R.S. Trask, as well as the University of Bristol for a Convocation Postgraduate Scholarship for H.R. Williams.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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