Structural polymers are susceptible to damage in the form of cracks, which form deep within the structure where detection is difficult and repair is almost impossible. Damage in polymeric coatings, adhesives, microelectronic components, and structural composites can span many length scales. Structural composites subject to impact loading can sustain significant damage on centimeter length scales, which in turn can lead to subsurface millimeter-scale delaminations and micron-scale matrix cracking (Figure 1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Materials Science
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages26
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Materials Science
ISSN (Print)0933-033X
ISSN (Electronic)2196-2812


  • Epoxy Matrix
  • Healing Agent
  • Healing Material
  • Ring Open Metathesis Polymerization
  • Vinyl Ester

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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