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Polymers 2014, 6(8), 2287-2308; doi:10.3390/polym6082287

Advanced Shape Memory Technology to Reshape Product Design, Manufacturing and Recycling

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Nanjing Comp Tech Composites Co., Ltd., Nanjing 211162, China
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Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080, China
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School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798 Singapore, Singapore
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Received: 31 May 2014 / Revised: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 12 August 2014 / Published: 22 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shape-Memory Polymers)

Abstract

This paper provides a brief review on the advanced shape memory technology (ASMT) with a focus on polymeric materials. In addition to introducing the concept and fundamentals of the ASMT, the potential applications of the ASMT either alone or integrated with an existing mature technique (such as, 3D printing, quick response (QR) code, lenticular lens) and phenomena (e.g., wrinkling and stress-enhanced swelling effect) in product design, manufacturing, and recycling are demonstrated. It is concluded that the ASMT is indeed able to provide a range of powerful approaches to reshape part of the life cycle or the whole life cycle of products. View Full-Text
Keywords: shape memory effect; shape memory technology; design; manufacturing; recycling shape memory effect; shape memory technology; design; manufacturing; recycling
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Yang, W.G.; Lu, H.; Huang, W.M.; Qi, H.J.; Wu, X.L.; Sun, K.Y. Advanced Shape Memory Technology to Reshape Product Design, Manufacturing and Recycling. Polymers 2014, 6, 2287-2308.

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