Special Issue "Shape Memory Materials"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Trevor Finlayson
Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Victoria. 3010, Australia
Website: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person174894
E-Mail: trevorf@unimelb.edu.au

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Shape memory materials rely on a shape change in response to an environmental stimulus. While such stimuli are commonly changes in temperature, other environmental stimuli, such as an electric or magnetic field, or a light pulse, are growing in importance for special classes of materials. At a microscopic level, the shape change is a consequence of a crystallographic or phase change within the material. Of particular importance to applications are both the temperature at which the shape change will occur and the magnitude of the strain associated with the effect itself. Shape memory is now known to occur for a long list of materials. Consequently, applications for such materials are many and varied and include areas such as actuators, medical implants, orthodontics, industrial couplings, automotive components and optometry. This special issue will cover both the fundamental science of materials exhibiting the effect as well as existing and proposed applications for specific materials. The issue will comprise a comprehensive overview of the topic and include articles reporting new research results, as well as reviews of particular classes of materials and their applications. Manuscripts will be welcomed from both fundamental researchers and authors from industrial companies involved in the field.

Dr. Trevor Finlayson
Guest Editor


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  • shape memory materials
  • shape memory alloys
  • shape memory ceramics
  • shape memory polymers
  • magnetic shape memory
  • martensitic transformation
  • applications of shape memory materials
  • actuator design

Published Papers (8 papers)

Materials 2014, 7(6), 4574-4586; doi:10.3390/ma7064574
Received: 27 February 2014; in revised form: 3 April 2014 / Accepted: 11 June 2014 / Published: 16 June 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(5), 3715-3734; doi:10.3390/ma7053715
Received: 23 February 2014; in revised form: 2 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 May 2014 / Published: 8 May 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(4), 3262-3273; doi:10.3390/ma7043262
Received: 27 January 2014; in revised form: 26 March 2014 / Accepted: 17 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(3), 1912-1926; doi:10.3390/ma7031912
Received: 4 December 2013; in revised form: 15 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 February 2014 / Published: 6 March 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(3), 1520-1538; doi:10.3390/ma7031520
Received: 15 October 2013; in revised form: 10 January 2014 / Accepted: 11 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(2), 1122-1141; doi:10.3390/ma7021122
Received: 5 January 2014; in revised form: 23 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 January 2014 / Published: 11 February 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(1), 576-590; doi:10.3390/ma7010576
Received: 25 November 2013; in revised form: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 20 January 2014
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Materials 2013, 6(12), 5447-5465; doi:10.3390/ma6125447
Received: 7 October 2013; in revised form: 30 October 2013 / Accepted: 12 November 2013 / Published: 27 November 2013
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Last update: 30 August 2013

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