Polymer CompositesWe are participating in an EU project that started during 2008 within the area of self-repairing and bruisable composites. The idea is to develop novel fibre-reinforced composite materials that contain microencapsulated polymer spheres containing coloured resins and healing resins.
These spheres will provide direct visual inspection possibilities as after impact the surface of the composite will change colour depending on the severity of the impact. This composite material will also posses a self-repairing feature since the capsules will also contain a healing resin that polymerize after release from the capsules. Our role in this project is to develop the polymeric microcapsules containing coloured resins and healing resins.