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Center Independent Research & Development: KSC IRAD

Self Healing Coating/Film (KSC)

Completed Technology Project

Project Description

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Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has been developing self healing materials and technologies.  This project seeks to further develop self healing functionality in thin films for applications such as corrosion protective coatings, inflatable structures, space suit materials, and electrical wire insulation.

Self healing technologies could significantly increase material/system reliability, reduce life cycle costs, and improve operational safety. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has been developing self-healing technologies and has established intellectual properties in this area. One of KSC’s approaches is encapsulating healants in microcapsules with spherical and elongated shapes so that the contents can be released automatically when the system is damaged. The other approach involves synthesizing and utilizing polymers that are capable of self-sealing when mechanical damage, such as a scratch, occurs.

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