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Title: A review of shape memory polymer composites and blends
Authors: Meng, Q
Hu, J 
Keywords: Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
Shape memory property
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Source: Composites part a : applied science and manufacturing, 2009, v. 40, no. 11, p. 1661-1672 How to cite?
Journal: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 
Abstract: Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a kind of very important smart polymers. In order to improve the properties or obtain new functions of SMPs, SMP composites and blends are prepared. We thoroughly examine the research in SMP composites and blends achieved by numerous research groups around the world. The preparation of SMPs composites and blends is mainly for five aims: (1) to improve shape recovery stress and mechanical properties; (2) to decrease shape recovery induction time by increasing thermal conductivity; (3) to create new polymer/polymer blends with shape-memory effect (SME); (4) to tune switch temperature, mechanical properties, and biomedical properties of SMPs; (5) to fabricate shape memory materials sensitive to electricity, magnetic, light and moisture. The trend of SMP composite development is discussed. SMP composites and blends exhibit novel properties that are different from the conventional SMPs and thus can be utilized in various applications.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12789
ISSN: 1359-835X
DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2009.08.011
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