Shape memory polymer composites and their smart structural applications

Herath, Madhubhashitha ORCID: and Epaarachchi, Jayantha (2021) Shape memory polymer composites and their smart structural applications. In: Composite materials: manufacturing, properties and applications. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 581-610. ISBN 9780128205129


Shape memory polymers (SMPs) and their composites are evolving intensively in smart materials research. These intelligent materials have the ability to keep a temporary shape and then recover the original shape when subjected to external stimuli such as heat, electricity, magnetic field, moisture, chemical stimulus, microwave, or light. The emerging development of fiber-reinforced shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) has improved the inherent poor mechanical properties of SMPs. Moreover, the inclusion of various nanoparticles has enhanced the diversity in activation mechanisms and further improved structural and shape memory properties. The long-term behavior and service environment-based performances of SMPCs have shown tolerable parameters. The manufacturing of SMPCs ranges from classic hand layup to cutting-edge robot-assisted composite or additive manufacturing. With the increased demand for SMPCs in many engineering applications, numerical modeling and computer simulations have been established to understand the thermomechanical and shape memory behaviors of the SMPCs. Today, SMPCs are generally viewed as promising substances for engineered applications from microscale to large scale and have raised intense interest among the wider community of material scientists and engineers. This chapter highlights the smart structural applications of SMPCs intended for aerospace and space engineering.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 05:39
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: shape memory polymer composites; thermomechanical properties; mechanical properties; modelling; long-term behavior; manufacturing; aerospace and space engineering; structural engineering; smart applications
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090102 Aerospace Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400101 Aerospace materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401609 Polymers and plastics
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
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