capable of repairing themselves from damage, either spontaneously or under a stimulus such as light, heat, or the application of a solvent. Intended for an audience of researchers in academia and industry, this book addresses a wide range of self-healing materials and processes, with emphasis on their performance in the space environment.

This revised, expanded and updated second edition addresses the key concepts of self-healing processes, from their occurrences in nature through to recent advances in academic and industrial research. It includes a detailed description and explanation of a wide range of materials and applications such as polymeric, anticorrosion, smart paints, and carbon nanotubes. Emphasis is given to performance in the space environment, addressing vacuum, thermal gradients, mechanical vibrations, and space radiation. Innovations in controlling self-healing materials for space debris mitigation are also covered.

The book concludes with a comprehensive outlook into the future developments and applications of self-healing materials.

About the Editors

Brahim Aïssa is a visiting associate professor at EPFL, Switzerland and a Senior Scientist at MPB communications Inc. He has a Ph.D. degree in materials and energy science. His activities focus on the growth, synthesis, processing and characterization of advanced nanostructured materials and their integration into electronic and photonic devices.

Emile Haddad holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, and is Senior Scientist and Program Manager of the Smart Materials sections at MPB Communications Inc. His interests include fibre sensors and smart materials for space applications, and mitigation of small space debris.

Wes Jamroz obtained his Ph.D. in laser physics from the Technical University of Lodz. He is Director of the Space and Photonics Division at MPB Communications Inc, and is the author and coauthor of several books, numerous scientific papers, invited presentations, conference talks, workshops and patents.


This book is a compelling read for researchers in academia and commercial R&D, graduate and final-year students.


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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Natural Systems and Processes

Chapter 3: Theoretical Models of Healing Mechanisms

Chapter 4: Self-healing of Polymers and Composites

Chapter 5: Self-healing Evaluation Techniques

Chapter 6: Review of Advanced Fabrication Processes

Chapter 7: Self-healing in Space Environment

Chapter 8: Self-healing capability against Impact tests Simulating Orbital Space Debris

Chapter 9: Mitigating the effect of space small debris on COPV in space with fiber sensors monitoring and self-repairing materials

Chapter 10: Conclusions and Outlook into the Future

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