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New Sensor to Measure Structural Stresses Can Heal Itself When Broken


June 15, 2011

polymer filament connecting the glass fibers Researchers from North Carolina State University have designed a sensor that can measure strain in structural materials and is capable of healing itself--an important advance for collecting data to help us make informed decisions about structural safety in the wake of earthquakes, explosions or other unexpected events. Full Story

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