Shape memory polymers for biomedical applications

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This talk examines the structure, thermo-mechanics, and biomedical applications of shape memory polymers. Shape memory polymers possess the capacity to recover permanent strains on the order of 50 to 400% when subjected to unique thermo-mechanical loading cycles. The talk begins by introducing the shape memory effect in polymers, followed by a discussion of emerging biomedical applications. After this introduction, the structural requirements in shape memory polymers and basic characterization of both tert-Butyl acrylate and epoxy-based shape memory polymer networks are presented. Following this, the thermo-mechanical behavior of shape memory polymers is discussed. Finally, a preliminary constitutive model is developed based on the observed thermomechanics and the micro-mechanisms of shape memory. The talk ends with succinct conclusions and a discussion of future research directions.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gall, K

Published Date

  • July 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 163 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 46 -

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-7958

Citation Source

  • Scopus