Three-dimensional microvascular fiber-reinforced composites

Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Piyush R. Thakre, Hefei Dong, Jason F. Patrick, Vitalii K. Vlasko-Vlasov, Nancy R. Sottos, Jeffrey S. Moore, Scott R. White

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A method for fabricating microvascular networks in fiber-reinforced composites is presented. The method relies on sacrificial fibers woven into fiber preforms that, when removed by depolymerization and volatilization, create 3D microvascular networks inside the composite material. By circulation of functional liquids in the resulting channels, a diverse set of new functionality is demonstrated. Simplicity, robustness, scalability, and reliance on readily available components make this method compatible with composite manufacturing methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3654-3658
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number32
StatePublished - Aug 23 2011


  • biomimetics
  • composites
  • fibers
  • hybrid materials
  • microfluidics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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