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July 28, 2011 /  Nivea

Self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials

Researchers have developed vascularized structural composites, creating materials that are lightweight and strong with potential for self-healing, self-cooling, stealth and more. The team developed a class of sacrificial fibers that degrade after composite fabrication, leaving hollow vascular tunnels that can transport liquids or gases through the composite.

via Self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials: Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materials

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