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Tim S. Coope, Duncan F. Wass, Richard S. Trask and Ian P. Bond Metal Triflates as Catalytic Curing Agents in Self-Healing Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 299

Article first published online: 2 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/mame.201300026

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An in-house developed Lewis acid-catalysed self-healing system, comprised of solid-phase metal triflate catalysts and diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy resin, is employed to achieve full fracture toughness recovery of the fibre reinforced polymer composite material. Mechanical testing of the healed material clearly shows a ductile failure, a failure mechanism not typically associated with inherently brittle materials such as epoxy.

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