Theoretical consideration and modeling of self-healing polymers

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  • Ming Qiu Zhang,

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    1. Materials Science Institute, Key Laboratory for Polymeric Composite and Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, DSAPM Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou 510275, People's Republic of China
    • Materials Science Institute, Key Laboratory for Polymeric Composite and Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, DSAPM Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University (Zhongshan), Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, People's Republic of China
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  • Min Zhi Rong

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    1. Materials Science Institute, Key Laboratory for Polymeric Composite and Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, DSAPM Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou 510275, People's Republic of China
    • Materials Science Institute, Key Laboratory for Polymeric Composite and Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, DSAPM Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University (Zhongshan), Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

Bioinspired self-healing polymers have attracted more and more interests. Imparting self-healing ability to existing polymers or developing new polymeric materials capable of self-healing is considered to be a solution for improving their long term stability and durability. This article reviews achievements in the field of theoretical researches on re-establishment of bonding between broken surfaces of self-healing polymers from microscopic and macroscopic point of view. Chains interaction, mechanical models related to healing procedures and effect of healing, design of novel self-healing composite systems, and so forth are summarized and analyzed in detail. Both thermoplastics and thermosets are included to offer a comprehensive knowledge framework of the smart function. The scientific challenges are also highlighted, which are related to the production of more advanced self-healing polymers. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2011

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