WATCH: ‘Self-healing’ fabric discovered

  • A fabric that is exceptionally durable and ‘self-healing’ has been discovered
  • Scientists used ‘liquefied squid teeth protein’
  • Scientists said the healing protein could also be applied to threads creating a durable and protective clothing for soldiers and industrial workers

A breakthrough in modern technology has led to the discovery of a fabric that is exceptionally durable and ‘self-healing.’

A research team from Penns State has discovered a way to make a torn fabric heal itself by just adding water on it.

Scientists used ‘liquefied squid teeth protein’ to coat wool, cotton and other fabrics.

“We were looking for a way to make fabrics self-healing using conventional textiles. So we came up with this technology,” said Penn State professor Melik C. Demirel.

When a ‘healing protein’–coated fabric is torn, the edges need only to be put together, then apply with warm water to let the fabric heal itself. The fabric then becomes as durable as it was before.

Scientists said the healing protein could also be applied to threads before materials are made or used to fix regular non-coated fabrics by just adding water.

The healed fabric, however, will still have some obvious repair marks similar to the ridges of a patch-up job, but the small tears can be repaired by simply washing the fabric again.

Following the healing protein process will pass one from the usual stitching of torn fabrics.

The research team at present is looking at creating healing proteins without using squid teeth.

The advent of the new technology gives rise to the concept of creating a durable and protective clothing for soldiers and industrial workers.

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