‪Self-Healing‬,‪ Stretchable Wires for Reconfigurable Circuit Wiring‬
Added Jan 25, 2013 | Rate View top rated
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed elastic, self-healing wires in which both the liquid-metal core and the polymer sheath reconnect at the molecular level after being severed. These stretchable wires can be completely severed with scissors and rapidly self-heal both mechanically and electrically at ambient conditions. By cutting the channels strategically, the pieces can be re-assembled in a different order to form complex microfluidic networks in 2D or 3D space.
jamesbdunn | commented on August 21, 2013
Might this be a potential construct for a self-healing biosphere for space applications? Micro-meteors hit the structure and the engineered fluidic material "painted&q­uot; on structures maintains a pressure seal. A reusable gasket material that can be used as a more durable and better sealing replacement for low-pressure o-ring applications. I can imagine a case held together with hand pressures to make water-tight seals without the need for fasteners. Or reformulating the self-healing material for high pressure applications. As time passes, the seal becomes less susceptible to leakage. This is interesting for automotive gasket material applications because the oil that seeps from all the vehicles in the world contributes significantly to land pollution and pollution of water resources. So having a gasket material that gets better over time, instead of breaking down over time, seems like a significant step forward in automotive technology. | commented on February 4, 2013
I like the this idea of a self healing wire, I do think that some refinement and polishing might help to expand this idea further keep on keeping on fellas.
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