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From Wear to Self Healing in Nanostructured Biological and Technical Surfaces

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Michael Nosonovsky

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. IJTC2009-15140, pp. 17-19; 3 pages
  • ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • Memphis, Tennessee, USA, October 19–21, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4895-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3862-4
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Wear occurs at most solid surfaces that come in contact with other solid surfaces. While biological surfaces and tissues usually have the ability for self-healing, engineered self-healing materials only started to emerge recently. An example of a smart self-healing material is the materials with embedded microcapsules, which rupture during crack propagation and release a healing agent that repairs the crack. We discuss the conditions under which the self-healing occurs and provide a general theoretical framework and criteria for self-healing using the concept of multiscale organization of entropy and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Wear



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