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A preliminary study on shape recovery speed of a styrene-based shape memory polymer composite actuated by different heating methods
Author(s): Xuelian Wu; Wuyi Zhang; Yanju Liu; Jinsong Leng
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Paper Abstract

Thermally activated shape memory polymers (SMPs) receive increasing attention in recent years. Different from those reported in the literature, in this paper we propose a new approach, i.e., using infrared light, for heating SMPs for shape recovery. We compare this approach with the traditional water bath method in terms of shape recovery speed in bending at both vacuum and no vacuum conditions. The results reveal that the shape recovery speed in infrared heating at vacuum condition is about eight times slower than that by hot water. However, the recovery time is more than doubled if without vacuum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6423, International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 64231T (1 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.779664
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Xuelian Wu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Wuyi Zhang, Hafei Aviation Industry Co., Ltd. (China)
Yanju Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6423:
International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering

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