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Title: Materials and methods for autonomous restoration of electrical conductivity

An autonomic conductivity restoration system includes a solid conductor and a plurality of particles. The particles include a conductive fluid, a plurality of conductive microparticles, and/or a conductive material forming agent. The solid conductor has a first end, a second end, and a first conductivity between the first and second ends. When a crack forms between the first and second ends of the conductor, the contents of at least a portion of the particles are released into the crack. The cracked conductor and the released contents of the particles form a restored conductor having a second conductivity, which may be at least 90% of the first conductivity.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1128680
Report Number(s):
8,679,621
13/164,144
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING