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Development of Self-Healing Coatings
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Challenges pertaining to the process parameters governing the encapsulation of drying oils to form microcapsules and loading/release of corrosion inhibitor from the halloysite nanotubes have been optimized. The micro/nano-containers prepared at optimized conditions were incorporated in an existing epoxy primer coating to investigate their effectiveness in achieving self-healing function. The mechanical properties and corrosion protection properties of the modified coatings were investigated to demonstrate the negative effect of the incorporation of such micro/nano-containers, if any.
The synthesis of process of microcapsules and loading process of halloysite nanotubes with corrosion inhibitors were performed at 5x and 30x batch sizes, to investigate the probability of synthesising such micro/nano-containers at commercial scale. Smart measures to overcome challenges associated with synthesis of micro/nano-containers at commercial scale have been demonstrated. Additionally, studies related to the storage and service life of such micro/nano-containers have been performed to investigate their commercial competitiveness.