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Polymers 2017, 9(11), 594; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9110594

The Study of Thermal, Mechanical and Shape Memory Properties of Chopped Carbon Fiber-Reinforced TPI Shape Memory Polymer Composites

College of Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China
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Received: 13 October 2017 / Revised: 4 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shape Memory Polymers)
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Trans-l,4-polyisoprene (TPI) shape memory polymer composites with different chopped carbon fiber mass fractions were prepared to study the effects of different chopped carbon fiber mass fractions and temperatures on the TPI shape memory polymer composites in this paper. While guaranteeing the shape memory effect of TPI shape memory polymers, the carbon fiber fillers also significantly enhanced the mechanical properties of the polymers. The thermodynamic properties and shape memory properties of TPI shape memory polymers were studied by a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) test, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) test, thermal conductivity test, static tensile test, mechanical cycle test, thermodynamic cycling test and shape memory test. Furthermore, the tensile fracture interface of TPI shape memory polymer composites was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The experimental results show that when the chopped carbon mass fraction fiber is 8%, TPI shape memory polymers have good shape memory properties and the best mechanical properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer composite; mechanical properties; shape memory properties; thermodynamics polymer composite; mechanical properties; shape memory properties; thermodynamics
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Wang, Z.; Liu, J.; Guo, J.; Sun, X.; Xu, L. The Study of Thermal, Mechanical and Shape Memory Properties of Chopped Carbon Fiber-Reinforced TPI Shape Memory Polymer Composites. Polymers 2017, 9, 594.

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