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  • Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materials

    A vascularized fiber-reinforced composite material. Illinois researchers developed a class of sacrificial fibers that degrade after composite fabrication, leaving hollow vascular tunnels that can transport liquids or gases through the composite.

    A vascularized fiber-reinforced composite material. Illinois researchers developed a class of sacrificial fibers that degrade after composite fabrication, leaving hollow vascular tunnels that can transport liquids or gases through the composite.

    Image by Piyush Thakre, Alex Jerez, Ryan Durdle and Jeremy Miller, Beckman Institute, U. of I.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Scott White, call 217-333-1077; email swhite@illinois.edu.
     The paper, “Three-Dimensional Microvascular Fiber-Reinforced Composites,” is available online.