The research seeks to adapt resins already used in the aerospace industry using nano-technology to turn secondary structural composites into self-healing materials.

Aircraft incorporating this technology would be more durable and have a longer service life, leading to significantly lower operational costs.

Element’s role will be to design and develop impact, fracture and fatigue mechanical tests to assess the efficiency of the self-healing process.

Preliminary work has already started on the project, which brings together materials testers, aerospace manufacturers and universities from France, Spain, the Netherlands and Greece.

To be concluded by November 2016, the research is part-funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, which is contributing €2,774,148 to the project.