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Self-healing material is patented by NASA

06 June 2016

YouTube channel PatentYogi reveals that NASA has invented and patented a self-healing polymer that can automatically heal punctures, potentially created by bullets.

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The self-healing material is designed to locally melt upon impact by a speeding bullet. Much like what is seen in the recent Terminator films, due to the melt elasticity of the material, it can snap back and close the puncture. This would be ideal in situations where high speed space debris hits space crafts.  

Certain polymers are added to the material to enhance the speed of its self-healing, achieving puncture closures in less than 100ms. The use of carbon fibres along with the self-healing material provides greater strength and durability. 

Although NASA intends to use this technology to protect space crafts from high speed space debris, it may soon become available in commercial applications such as protecting vehicles and perhaps even humans. 

Video courtesy of YouTube channel PatentYogi

PatentYogi is a patent services firm that helps inventors file patents for their inventions across the world. 

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