Self-healing polymers are in a class of materials that has been inspired by nature: they repair themselves when they become damaged in order to prolong the lifetime of the object they form. As with biological systems, self-healing materials autonomously begin the healing process after being damaged, which serves both to remove the need for a person to be involved in the repair process and reduce the time spent damaged which is a vulnerable point for further, more rapid degradation. The advantages of self-healing polymers can be seen even more clearly for certain specific applications, such as damage caused to satellites where repair work is exceptionally costly and difficult. However, if these materials become cost-effective enough to produce they could be used in all kinds of applications and be part of our everyday lives.
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