Advances in Shape Memory Polymers

1st Edition

Editors: Jinlian Hu
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857098528
eBook ISBN: 9780857098542
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 16th April 2013
Page Count: 368
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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction to shape memory polymers


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Defining shape memory polymers

1.3 Types of shape memory polymers

1.4 A typical shape memory polymer: shape memory polyurethanes (SMPUs)

1.5 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Tm-type shape memory polymers


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Structure and properties of Tm-type shape memory polymers

2.3 Shape memory properties of Tm-type shape memory polymers

2.4 Thermo-mechanical conditions affecting Tm-type shape memory properties

Chapter 3: Tg-type shape memory polymers


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Structure and properties of Tg-type shape memory polymers

3.3 Segmented polyurethanes with similar Tg

3.4 Thermo-mechanical conditions on Tg-type shape memory polymers

3.5 Conclusions

Chapter 4: High performance type shape memory polymers prepared by modified two-step polymerization


4.1 Introduction

4.2 High performance shape memory polymers

4.2.1 Molecular structures

4.2.2 Thermal properties

4.2.3 Shape memory properties

4.2.4 Deformation stress, long-term shape fixing and shape memory properties

4.2.5 Recovery stress and shape memory properties

4.2.6 Stress relaxation

4.3 High performance isophorone diisocyanate (IDPI) Tm-type shape memory polymers

4.3.1 Molecular structures

4.3.2 Thermal properties

4.3.3 Dynamic mechanical properties

4.3.4 Shape memory properties

4.3.5 Shape memory properties after long time fixing

4.3.6 Recovery stress

4.3.7 Resistance to stress relaxation

4.4 High performance Tg-type shape memory polyurethane (SMPU) prepared by modified two-step polymerization

4.4.1 Thermal pro


Shape memory materials are immensely useful because of their capability to recover their original shapes upon exposure to an external stimulus such as heat, moisture, light or a magnetic field. This book reviews key recent research in shape memory polymers, their properties and applications. Topics include the relationship between morphological structures and shape memory properties; high performance Tg and Tm type shape memory polymers; structures of shape memory polymers with supramolecular switches; and the thermally-active and moisture-active shape memory effect of supermolecular shape memory polymers.

Advances in shape memory polymers is an essential reference for polymer and textile material students, scientists, designers, engineers and manufacturers. It is also an invaluable guide for professionals in the biomedical, electronics and engineering industries.

Key Features

  • Reviews key recent research in shape-memory polymers, their properties and applications
  • Opening chapters address the relationship between morphological structures and shape memory properties and high performance Tg and Tm type shape memory polymers
  • Chapters cover thermally-active and moisture-active shape memory effect of supermolecular shape memory polymers, among other topics


Polymer and textile material scientists, designers, engineers and manufacturers; Professionals in the biomedical and engineering industry


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About the Editors

Jinlian Hu Editor

Jinlian Hu is a Professor at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A Fellow of the Textile Institute, she was also the recipient of the 2001 Award for Distinguished Achievement from the US Fiber Society. Professor Hu has published over 300 articles and several books on textile materials. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong