Flexible, high performance polymers such as polyimides are often employed in aerospace applications. They typically find uses in areas where improved physical characteristics such as fire resistance, long term thermal stability, and solvent resistance are required. It is anticipated that such polymers could find uses in future long duration exploration missions as well. Their use would be even more advantageous if self-healing capability or mechanisms could be incorporated into these polymers. Self-healing or self-sealing capabilities would significantly reduce maintenance requirements, and increase the safety and reliability of high performance wiring systems. A patent was filed for this method of synthesizing non-spherical microcapsules in 2012. Additional intellectual property is expected when the method is reduced to practice and when risk mitigation technologies are developed for core removal/ replacement and perhaps microfluidic systems. Self healing technologies would also be very beneficial to satellites, military and commercial aviation needs. This technology provides game changing impacts for deep space exploration and habitation missions, as well as satellites, military, and commercial aviation needs could be expected. Potentially significantly reduce life cycle cost and increase safety; increase reliability by at least 2x, and mission availability to at least 200%. Such technologies could also have many additional uses, such as in the medical industry to help ensure healing of artificial skin and drug discovery. Industry has shown significant interest in self-healing technologies.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Kennedy Space Center (KSC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
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