This chapter deals with aspects to be considered with respect to the self healing of polymer coatings. After discussing the scope and limitations of self healing concepts in polymer coatings, an overview of present approaches and technologies is given. The differences between reversible and irreversible networks are discussed. Surface self-replenishing as well as active species self-replenishing are dealt with. A currently applied industrial example is elaborated: scratch-healing automotive coatings. Finally, possible future scenarios are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Self healing materials : an alternative approach to 20 centuries of materials science|
|Editors||S. Zwaag, van der|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Name||Springer Series in Materials Science|