Naebe, Minoo, Abolhasani, Mohammad Mahdi, Khayyam, Hamid, Amini, Abbas and Fox, Bronwyn 2016, Crack damage in polymers and composites: a review, Polymer reviews, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 31-69, doi: 10.1080/15583724.2015.1078352.
Polymer-based materials are extensively used in various applications such as aircrafts, civilian structures, oil and gas platforms and electronics. They are, however, inherently damage prone and over time, the formation of cracks and microscopic damages influences the thermo-mechanical and electrical properties, which eventually results in the total failure of the materials. This paper provides an overview of the principal causes of cracking in polymer and composites and summarizes the recent progress in the development of non-destructive techniques in crack detection. Furthermore, recent progress in the development of bio-inspired self-healing methods in autonomic repair is discussed.
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091209 Polymers and Plastics 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation 0303 Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry
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