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Scandinavian Scientists Develop Textile That Fixes Its Own Tears

Posted By Mark Boyer On October 22, 2011 @ 12:54 pm In Bright Ideas,Design,Eco Textiles,Environment | No Comments

Safe at Sea, Safe@Sea, rainwear, textiles, eco fashion, technology, intelligent clothing, fishermen [1]

A self-healing raincoat? It sounds like something out of a comic book, a group of Scandinavian researchers working for the EU project Safe@Sea [2] have been developing a new type of textile coating that automatically seals tears on the surface of waterproof workwear. The goal is to create a new generation of “intelligent” clothing for professional fishermen. Working with the plastic material polyurethane, scientists have added micro-capsules containing a liquid sealant to the coating of the fabric. When the coating tears, the capsules burst and release the sealant, which hardens when it comes in contact with water and air.


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