Bio-inspired self-healing polymer foams with bilayered capsule systems
Cao, Shunze; Zhu, Wen; Liu, Tao
TAO LIU Tao.Liu@nottingham.ac.uk
Bio-inspired, self-healing polymer foams containing novel calcium-alginate capsule system was developed for load-bearing application. The capsules were created by a multi-stage encapsulating process that can encapsulate two mutually reactive healing agents within single capsules. The capsules had a bilayered structure with the epoxy resin encapsulated within the inner layer and the hardener within the outer layer. To evaluate the mechanical self-healing performance, the following tests were conducted, i.e. (1) cyclic quasi-static compression tests for foams; (2) quasi-static three-point bending for foam core sandwich beams; and (3) high-speed soft impact for foam core sandwich beams. Cyclic quasi-static compression tests demonstrated (1) bilayered capsule systems had better multiple self-healing effect compared to the dual capsule system without external interventions; and (2) bilayered capsules could enhance the stiffness and strength of foams. For foam core sandwich beams, the bilayered capsules did not have a noticeable effect on the effective stiffness of the beams; however, it could provide a noticeable self–healing effect when the damage occurred. The images obtained from scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray microcomputed tomography (μCT) suggest that the micro-cracks induced by the static and impact loading were either fully or partially healed by the released healing agents without external interventions.
Cao, S., Zhu, W., & Liu, T. (2020). Bio-inspired self-healing polymer foams with bilayered capsule systems. Composites Science and Technology, 195, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2020.108189
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Apr 8, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Apr 19, 2020|
|Publication Date||Jul 28, 2020|
|Deposit Date||Apr 22, 2020|
|Publicly Available Date||Apr 20, 2021|
|Journal||Composites Science and Technology|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||General Engineering; Ceramics and Composites|
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