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Can We Take the Acoustic Emissions of Failing Materials to Power Up Self-Healing Devices?

June 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

In the future, it is my estimation that we will have self-healing technologies for ships, aircraft, and perhaps even spacecraft. We might have them for bridges, buildings, and our important infrastructure such as dams. Let me explain at least one possible theory of how this could be made possible.

What if you had carbon nanotube like structures and inside of the carbon nano tubes you had molecules designed to attach themselves on the ends of the compounds or materials which appeared in the coating of the skin, surface, or between the layers of composite of whatever item it was that had been built. And what if you used the acoustic emissions of failing materials, those squeals, squeaks, and groaning noises that materials make just before they fail, and what if those acoustic emissions were enough to break open the carbon nanotube's nearest, allowing the self-healing compounds and molecules within the carbon nano tubes to escape.

Once these self-healing materials escaped, they would dutifully attach themselves to the nearest possible molecule that had created an opening due to the fact that they were failing and then opened up a spot on their chemical chain. In this case you would have these self-healing materials already built into the material, just waiting for a chance to go do something great, by solving a problem and preventing a tear, or repairing the tear which was occurring. In doing so it would actually make the material stronger in the place where it had ripped open.

In many regards this is similar to theories that we believe organic matter uses to heal itself. Human bones for instance, human skin, and things of this nature. Why couldn't we create such surfaces, composites, and materials? The reality is we can, it's just material science, chemistry, and manufacturing compounds on-the-fly, perhaps literally, as in healing the wing of an airplane while it is in flight because it has structural damage, or cracks in the skin.

Okay so, you ask; "can we really do that?" Yes, I believe we can, and I believe we will, and even if this isn't the exact strategy we use where we put self-healing compounds inside of buckyballs, or carbon nano tubes, or similar type nanoscale structures, you are beginning to see what is possible, and why we must pursue these technologies and science for the betterment of all mankind. It is my sincere hope you will please consider all this and think on it, and if you are a breakthrough scientists working in these matters; all the best.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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