Self-healing autonomous material comes to life
December 7, 2010
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Very interesting new innovation from ASU. By embedding fiber optics in a material, the material is able to respond to structural damage by heating up that region and causing toughening. This is neatly biologically inspired in that regions that receive stress in bones become harder and more mineralized. It would be great to develop materials that could callous or become more (or less) rigid in response to usage pressures.