Detecting failure in composite materials

 

Predicting material fatigue – about a concept developed by a team of German scientists for “self-reporting composite materials,” i.e. materials that detect fatigue, failure (for example cracking), or mechanical stress that’s happening inside the material.

The concept utilizes zinc oxide tetrapod crystals as a filler material for composites which at the same time reveals material failure by a visual signal under UV light.

 

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