Monitoring of self-healing composites: a nonlinear ultrasound approach

Gian-piero Malfense Fierro, Fulvio Pinto, Stefania Dello Iacono, Alfonso Martone, Eugenio Amendola, Michele Meo

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Self-healing composites using a thermally mendable polymer, based on Diels–Alder reaction were fabricated and subjected to various multiple damage loads. Unlike traditional destructive methods, this work presents a nonlinear ultrasound technique to evaluate the structural recovery of the proposed self-healing laminate structures. The results were compared to computer tomography and linear ultrasound methods. The laminates were subjected to multiple loading and healing cycles and the induced damage and recovery at each stage was evaluated. The results highlight the benefit and added advantage of using a nonlinear based methodology to monitor the structural recovery of reversibly cross-linked epoxy with efficient recycling and multiple self-healing capability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115015
Number of pages17
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number11
Early online date9 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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