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Self healing materials via vascularised structural composites [Registered]

Taking their cue from biological circulatory systems, University of Illinois researchers have developed vascularized structural composites, creating materials that are lightweight and strong with potential for self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials and more. The research led by Professor Scott White was published online (15 July) in Advanced Materials, “We can make a material now that’s truly multifunctional by simply circulating fluids that do different things within the same material system. We have a vascularized structural material that can do almost anything ,” said White Composite materials are a combination of two or more materials that harness the properties of both. Composites are…

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