Materials for Life (M4L)

Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for construction materials

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 Developing a new generation of unique, versatile and robust self-healing construction materials

  • Inspired by nature
  • A sustainable and resilient built environment and infrastructure
  • Self-healing materials and structures that continually monitor, regulate, adapt and repair themselves
  • Enhanced durability, improved safety, reduced maintenance costs
  • Conglomerate materials (e.g. concrete, grout, grouted soils)

Self healing over multiple spatial and temporal scales:

  • Nano/micro - microencapsulation for chemical and biological healing
  • Micro/meso - healing through bacterial action
  • Meso/macro - physical crack-closing techniques
  • Multi-scale - flow networks

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