Shape Memory Polymers and Textiles


  • Jinlian Hu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials that, as a result of an external stimulus such as temperature, can change from a temporary deformed shape back to an original shape. SMPs are finding an increasing use in such areas as clothing where they respond dynamically to changes in heat and moisture levels, ensuring greater comfort for the wearer. Shape memory polymers and textiles provides an authoritative and comprehensive review of these important new materials and their applications.

After an introductory chapter on the concept and definition of shape memory materials, the book reviews methods for synthesising, characterising and modelling SMPs. It goes on to consider the properties of particular materials such as shape memory polyurethane and environmentally-sensitive polymer gels. The book concludes by assessing potential applications such as wrinkle-free fabrics and smart fabrics providing improved protection and comfort for the wearer.

Shape memory polymers and textiles is a valuable guide to R&D staff in such areas as textile apparel in developing a new generation of smart textiles and other products.
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Textile engineers and designers; R&D staff who are developing a new generation of smart textiles and other products


Book information

  • Published: April 2007
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-047-2


It will be of great interest for textile engineers and designers, who like to introduce innovative material technologies., Materials Today

Table of Contents

Preparation of shape memory polymers; Characterization technique for shape memory polymer; Structure and properties of shape memory polyurethane ionomer; Water vapor permeability of shape memory polyurethane; Characterization of shape memory properties in polymers; Structure modeling of shape memory polymers; Environmental sensitive polymer gel and its application in textiles field; Evaluation of shape memory fabrics; Shape memory textiles.