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Self-Healing Materials - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781927885239, 9781927885246

Self-Healing Materials

1st Edition

Principles and Technology

Author: George Wypych
Hardcover ISBN: 9781927885239
eBook ISBN: 9781927885246
Imprint: ChemTec Publishing
Published Date: 31st May 2017
Page Count: 262
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Self-Healing Materials: Principles and Technology is a practical book aimed at giving engineers and researchers in both industry and academia the information they need to deploy self-healing technology in a wide range of potential applications—from adhesives to the automotive industry, and from electronics to biomedical implants. Developments are increasingly seeing real-world application, and this book enables practitioners to use this technology in their own work.

The book first discusses the principal mechanisms of self-healing and how these are applied to the development of materials which have the ability to repair themselves—either with minimal human intervention or without human intervention at all. The book provides a theoretical background and a review of the major research undertaken to date, to give a thorough grounding in this concept and related technology.

The book specifically covers fault detection mechanisms in materials, and experimental methods to enable engineers to assess the efficiency of the self-healing process. It then discusses typical aids and additives in self-healing materials, including plasticizers, catalysts, shape-memory components, and more. Finally, the book contains real world examples of self-healing materials and how these have been applied to around 40 groups of products and industries, including materials used in the automotive industry, construction, composite materials for aerospace, biomaterials and materials used in medical devices, and adhesives and sealants.

Key Features

  • Helps materials scientists and engineers to reduce risk of degradation and materials failure by using self-healing materials in a range of applications
  • Provides real world application examples, so practitioners can assess the applicability and usefulness of self-healing materials in their work
  • Includes guidance on the efficiency and efficacy of self-healing mechanisms, with coverage of the different parameters to be considered, and methodologies to use
  • Discusses typical aids and additives in self-healing materials, including plasticizers, catalysts, shape-memory components, and more


Materials scientists and engineers in a range of industries looking to deploy smart materials, including automotive, aerospace, medical devices and implants, construction, and electronics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Lessons from Living Things
2. Mechanisms of Self-healing
3. Chemical and Physical Processes Occurring During Self-Healing of Polymers
4. Fault Detection Mechanisms
5. Triggering and Tuning the Healing Processes
6. Activation Energy of Self-Healing
7. Means of Delivery of Healant to the Defect Location
8. Self-healing Timescale
9. Self-healing Extent
10. Molecular Dynamics Simulation
11. Morphology of Healing
12. Selected Experimental Methods in Evaluation of Self-healing Efficiency
13. Additives and Chemical Structures Used in Self-healing Technology
14. Self-healing of Different Polymers
15. Self-healing in Different Products


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31st May 2017
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About the Author

George Wypych

George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.

Affiliations and Expertise

ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada


"I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this growing field of self-healing materials. The chapters are brief, the references are excellent, though there are no problem sets. I found myself looking up several references that claimed my interest, and I credit the book with giving a clear and thorough overview of the field. Accordingly, readers should not expect details, but rather guidance toward future reading." --MRS Bulletin

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