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Advances in self healing plastics [Registered]

Plastic components that have to stand up to major mechanical loads can break. The reason for this are microcracks that may be found in any component part. Researchers have now come up with elastic polymers that heal themselves to put an end to the growth of cracks. Practically all materials suffer from fatigue during the lifetime of their use. Car tyres busting or sealing rings failing are just two examples. The reason for this often sudden and unforeseen material failure is triggered by microcracks that may be found in any component. These cracks are hardly visible to a naked eye…

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