The authors have demonstrated previously that reinforcing glass fibres can be used as light-guides to facilitate chemical process monitoring and structural integrity assessment of fibre reinforced composites. In the current paper, the authors explore concepts for the development of self-sensing, self-healing and crack-arrestor composites.
The first part of the papers presents a brief overview of previously reported technologies for self-sensing, self-healing and crack-arrestor; the advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies are discussed. The second part of this paper present the design concept and performance requirements for the self-sensing, self-healing and crack-arrestor composites.
The final part of the paper presents preliminary results on the manufacture and evaluation of this class of composite.
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Harris, D., Mahendran, R.S., Brooks, D., Al-Khodairi, F.A.A., Machavaram, V.R., Reynolds, P., Wang, L., Pandita, S.D., Paget, M., Wedderburn, J. and Malik, S.A., 2009, March. Self-sensing, self-healing, and crack-arrestor composites. In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (pp. 72930P-72930P). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
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