Self Healing Elastomers

8 Dec 2017

This event was organised by the Rubber in Engineering Group of the IOM3

This Afternoon Technical Discussion Meeting (ATDM) explored the potential for using self healing elastomer materials in real engineering applications.

Start time: 13:30

A final speaker line up was:

Self-healing supramolecular polyurethanes (PDF, 3.6MB) Wayne Hayes (University of Reading) and Clive Siviour (University of Oxford)

Results from recent research on supramolecular polyurethane, linking chemical synthesis to structure and mechanical performance, were presented. Results included rich dependence on thermal history and ‘self-healing’ capability.

Self-healing rubber nanocomposites (PDF, 5.0MB) Aladdin Sallat, Frank Böhme, Marcus Suckow, Amit Das, Gert Heinrich (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden)

The generation of ionic groups on the bromobutyl rubber (BIIR) chains enables a network structure, self-healing character and a strong rubber filler interaction which ultimately offer reinforced and smart rubber composites.

The development of biologically inspired multifunctional composite materials that possess adaptive shape are damage tolerant and exhibit self-healing potential (PDF, 25MB), Richard Trask (University of Bath)

3D printed components that can exhibit 'morphogenesis' were explored. The materials moved and changed shape on demand in response to external stimuli to create unique engineering architectures. Case studies were presented highlighting an approach to create morphing fibre reinforced structures and to explore how a pre-strain can promote complex organic movement in the 3D printed devices.

The development of active repair solutions in elastic matrices (PDF, 1.3MB) Ian German (Gnosys Global Ltd.) 

The talk focused on the swelling response of hydrophilic thermoplastic elastomer blends for water blocking in utility networks and intrinsically self-healing thermoplastic elastomers for defect repair.

16:00 Tea will be served

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
297 Euston Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Prof. James Busfield -


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