Materials and methods for autonomous restoration of electrical conductivity

Aaron D Finke (Inventor), Khalil Amine (Inventor), Jeffrey S Moore (Inventor), Scott R White (Inventor), Aaron C Jackson (Inventor), Paul V Braun (Inventor), Joshua A Ritchey (Inventor), Nancy R Sottos (Inventor), Michael M Thackeray (Inventor), Benjamin J Blaiszik (Inventor), Mary M Caruso (Inventor), Susan A Odom (Inventor), Marta Elleby (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

An autonomic conductivity restoration system includes a solid conductor and a plurality of particles. The particles include a conductive fluid, a plurality of conductive microparticles, and/or a conductive material forming agent. The solid conductor has a first end, a second end, and a first conductivity between the first and second ends. When a crack forms between the first and second ends of the conductor, the contents of at least a portion of the particles are released into the crack. The cracked conductor and the released contents of the particles form a restored conductor having a second conductivity, which may be at least 90% of the first conductivity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number8679621
Filing date6/20/11
StatePublished - Mar 25 2014

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