Faculty Advisor

Gericke, Arne

Faculty Advisor

Peterson, Amy M.

Abstract

Self-healing polymers are a smart material, capable of autonomic restoration of properties following damage. This WPI project team was tasked with researching the feasibility of creating a self-healing material and applying it to vehicles windshield. A healing agent, dicylcopentadiene and the Grubbs’ catalyst were encapsulated in poly(urea formaldehyde) and paraffin wax, respectively. Sample mock windshields were prepared using two pieces of borosilicate glass and a poly(vinyl butyral) interlayer containing the microcapsules and wax protected Grubbs’ catalyst. These samples were tested for optical properties and then cracked. Following a healing period of seven days, the samples were tested again for optical properties as well as mechanical properties

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Chemistry

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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