An autonomic conductivity restoration system includes a solid conductor and a plurality of particles. The particles include a conductive fluid, a plurality of conductive microparticles, and/or a conductive material forming agent. The solid conductor has a first end, a second end, and a first conductivity between the first and second ends. When a crack forms between the first and second ends of the conductor, the contents of at least a portion of the particles are released into the crack. The cracked conductor and the released contents of the particles form a restored conductor having a second conductivity, which may be at least 90% of the first conductivity.
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
This invention was made with government support under contract number(s) ANL 9F 31921 and 392 NSF CHE 09-36888 FLLW ARRA awarded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation ACC Fellowship. The government has certain rights in the invention.