My question is, how can, say, a spacecraft have self repairing armor? It works using three layers: Delicate computers and people inside, armor repair system surrounding that, and then the armor itself. When the armor is damaged, the repair system excretes new armor. It sort of like when you get a scratch, you grow new skin cells.
My question is, what would the material be, and how would it repair itself? Remember, this is just supposed be a dumb material, not nanites or advanced AI.
- The material should be able to absorb significant energy and projectile fire before any of the inside gets damaged.
- This also means it shouldn't allow any type of dangerous radiation to go through it can cook the insides.
- It doesn't need to be invincible. Once it gets damaged enough, the repair system will get damaged, life support is knocked out, and everyone inside gets blasted. No way to stop this.
- It does not need to repaired fast, but it should be fairly simple and flexible
- I'm looking for answers based on current materials we know.
I'm thinking something foam like would work, but I'm not sure.
How do you build self-repairing armor.