Incorporation of Fiber Bragg Sensors for Shape Memory Polyurethanes Characterization
AbstractShape memory polyurethanes (SMPUs) are thermally activated shape memory materials, which can be used as actuators or sensors in applications including aerospace, aeronautics, automobiles or the biomedical industry. The accurate characterization of the memory effect of these materials is therefore mandatory for the technology’s success. The shape memory characterization is normally accomplished using mechanical testing coupled with a heat source, where a detailed knowledge of the heat cycle and its influence on the material properties is paramount but difficult to monitor. In this work, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors were embedded into SMPU samples aiming to study and characterize its shape memory effect. The samples were obtained by injection molding, and the entire processing cycle was successfully monitored, providing a process global quality signature. Moreover, the integrity and functionality of the FBG sensors were maintained during and after the embedding process, demonstrating the feasibility of the technology chosen for the purpose envisaged. The results of the shape memory effect characterization demonstrate a good correlation between the reflected FBG peak with the temperature and induced strain, proving that this technology is suitable for this particular application. View Full-Text
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Alberto, N.; Fonseca, M.A.; Neto, V.; Nogueira, R.; Oliveira, M.; Moreira, R. Incorporation of Fiber Bragg Sensors for Shape Memory Polyurethanes Characterization. Sensors 2017, 17, 2600.
Alberto N, Fonseca MA, Neto V, Nogueira R, Oliveira M, Moreira R. Incorporation of Fiber Bragg Sensors for Shape Memory Polyurethanes Characterization. Sensors. 2017; 17(11):2600.Chicago/Turabian Style
Alberto, Nélia; Fonseca, Maria A.; Neto, Victor; Nogueira, Rogério; Oliveira, Mónica; Moreira, Rui. 2017. "Incorporation of Fiber Bragg Sensors for Shape Memory Polyurethanes Characterization." Sensors 17, no. 11: 2600.
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