Self-healing composites may be stuck on the runway, but damage-sensing versions could soar

An announcement of self-healing carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites developed at the University of Bristol made headlines in early June. The system incorporated a scandium (III) triflate catalyst into an epoxy resin loaded with monomer containing microcapsules, and in some iteration...

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