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These capabilities can be built into a new or currently used structural member or developed as a repair process where they member is removed, healed, and reinstalled.
The healing and reinforcing properties are enabled by a cellular metal infiltrated with an electrolyte. Upon applying a voltage to the metal, additional metal is electroplated to heal or strengthen the desired area. The target area and healing capability can be controlled using a tunable insulating coating on the conductive metal. The cellular nature of the structural member is required and facilitates metal transport from other areas of the material to the area that needs reinforcement, thus, enabling a faster mass-transport process at room temperature.