Shape Memory Alloys & Shape Memory Polymers
SMAs are metallic alloys with the ability to return to a predetermined shape when heated. After an apparent plastic deformation, the SMAs undergo a thermo-elastic change in crystal structure when heated above its transformation temperature range, resulting in a recovery of the deformation. This effect, known as Shape Memory Effect, is used in movement or force generation applications, such as actuators development.
Shape Memory polymers are the compound plastics polymers that have a special chemical structure. The glass transition temperature (Tg) plays a vital role in Shape Memory Polymers. Above the Tg, these Shape Memory polymers become rubber elastic and flexible. These Materials can solve engineering problems with unachievable effectiveness.
- Biomedical Applications
- Civil Engineering of Mega Structures
- Aerospace Applications
- Damping Elements
- Structural Materials