Imagine if cracks in the road or in an airplane could heal themselves, kind of like you do when you get cut. That's the idea that University of Illinois researchers have come up with. An epoxy-resin base is infused with a network of 200 micron diameter interconnected "capillaries" that are filled with a low viscosity â€œhealing agentâ€.
Implications - As technology becomes enhanced, science is able to make more leaps and bounds. The ability of surfaces to heal themselves skims the surface of what is possible. What's next? Houses with cracked walls or construction problems? Cars with flat tires? Sidewalks? It seems that with such an inventive product, anything is possible.
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Road Heal Thyself
- By: Ben PreissJun 19, 2007 Updated: Apr 7 2011