Self-Repairing and Sensing Matrices
The fact that structural damage can go undetected in many materials means that some products are often over-engineered. However, substances that can provide information about their internal stresses—as well as trigger reliable self-healing properties—allow manufacturers to be more confident in using lighter weight materials. Self-Repairing and Sensing Matrices can also survive longer than their conventional counterparts, thus reducing the use of virgin materials or petroleum-based resources. Natural Process Design has thus far made airplane wings and other components of this material, which has been successfully tested for flexure, compression, and shear.
Contact: Natural Process Design Inc., Winona, MN, USA.
For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment