One of the latest technologies in elastomers includes their ability to self-heal. However, even with these characteristics, they can crack and cause leaking. In addition, this material does not have strong adhesive properties.
These shortcomings are what researchers wanted to tackle and improve. They wanted to develop an elastomer that was not only self-healing, but would not crack and at the same time, demonstrate extremely strong adhesive properties. Creating a material that meets these characteristics would broaden their applications in many industries.
Through their research, the scientists were able to create an elastomer that met these requirements by blending a self-healing polymer with curable elastomers. This new mixture can repair itself and its adhesive properties were not diminished. The damaged elastomer was able to fully recover all its functionality in ambient temperatures and even with the presence of water. The material possesses a high level of adhesion that outperforms all other self-healing adhesive elastomers. The result is an ultra-tough, ultra-adhesive, self-healing material that has longevity and versatility with a wide variety of uses in adhesives, sealants, and stretchable items.
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