Peterson, Amy M.
Sakulich, Aaron R.
In the United States, reinforced concrete is used in almost all types of infrastructure. Reinforced concrete is a versatile building material; however, it is vulnerable to damage from the inner steel rebar. This MQP focused on furthering research into the application of self-healing capsules onto the rebar within the concrete. Parking stops with healing capsules were manufactured and placed outdoors to begin weathering for a future MQP. Various colorimetric and micrograph healing tests were performed to evaluate capsule deterioration over time. Information about capsule oxidation and degradation was compiled, evaluated, and reported. Groundwork was laid for future testing and potential wide-spread application of self-healing coating technology.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering