Radiation crosslinked shape-memory polymers
Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are active smart materials with tunable stiffness changes at specific, tailored temperatures. The use of thermoset SMPs has been limited in commodity applications because a variety of common low-cost plastics processing techniques are not possible with network polymers. In this study of thermoset SMPs, beyond adjusting the glass transition temperature (Tg) between 25 and 75 °C and tuning the recoverable force between 0.5 and 13 MPa, a novel manufacturing process, Mnemosynation, is described. The customizable mechanical properties of traditional SMPs are coupled with traditional plastic processing techniques to enable a new generation of mass producible plastic products with thermosetting shape-memory properties: low residual strains, tunable recoverable force and adjustable Tg. The results of this study are intended to enable future advanced applications where mass manufacturing, the ability to accurately and independently position Tg and the ability to tune recoverable force in SMPs are required. © 2010.
Voit, W; Ware, T; Gall, K
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