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2014-04-16 14:05:02

Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods.

2011-12-20 21:31:16

When one tiny circuit within an integrated chip cracks or fails, the whole chip – or even the whole device – is a loss.

New Self-Healing Fluids Could Prevent Cracks In Material
2011-09-29 12:32:48

Researchers have found a way to pump self-healing fluids around a material similar to an animal's blood circulation.

2009-05-07 08:44:44

Parachute cords, climbing ropes, and smart coatings for bridges that change color when overstressed are several possible uses for force-sensitive polymers being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois.

2009-05-06 12:00:00

U.S. scientists say they are developing polymers that, when overstressed, change color -- making them ideal for applications such as bridge coatings. The force-sensitive polymers being developed at the University of Illinois contain mechanically active molecules called mechanophores.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.