Faculty Advisor

Peterson, Amy M.

Abstract

Self-healing polymers are able to repair themselves after being damaged. Microcapsules were prepared to contain both a healing agent, dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), in addition to a damage detection agent, 1,3,5,7-Cyclooctatriene (COT). The DCPD-COT microcapsules were ruptured in the presence of Grubbs’ catalyst, and color change was confirmed. Modified compact tension specimens were produced that contained DCPD and DCPD-COT microcapsules. Voids within the polymers prevented the specimens from healing, so the effect of COT on the healing efficiency could not be tested.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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