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Title: Development of shape memory polyurethane fiber with complete shape recoverability
Authors: Zhu, Y
Hu, J 
Yeung, LY
Liu, Y
Ji, F
Yeung, KW
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Source: Smart materials and structures, 2006, v. 15, no. 5, 27, p. 1385-1394 How to cite?
Journal: Smart materials and structures 
Abstract: To illustrate the shape memory properties of shape memory polyurethane (SMPU) fiber and the difference of thermal/mechanical properties between SMPU fiber and other various man-made fibers, series of shape memory polyurethane having various hard segment content were synthesized with the pre-polymerization method and spun with the wet spinning process. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and mechanical testing were conducted to study the particular thermal/mechanical properties of shape memory polyurethane fiber in comparison with other man-made fibers such as nylon6, polyester, Lycra and XLA. In addition, in the preparation of shape memory polyurethane fiber, the effect of thermal setting temperature was systematically investigated by mechanical properties testing, DMA and cyclic tensile testing, suggesting that the thermal setting temperature has a huge influence on the mechanical properties and shape memory property due to the elimination of internal stress. Thermal setting with a higher temperature will give rise to a lower tensile modulus and tenacity and a higher elongation ratio at break. Through employing the optimal thermal setting treatment, the complete heating responsive recovery in SMPU fiber can be achieved because of the counteracting effect of the irreversible strain and thermal shrinkage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11112
ISSN: 0964-1726
EISSN: 1361-665X
DOI: 10.1088/0964-1726/15/5/027
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