A review of shape memory polymer composites and blends

Qinghao Meng, Jinlian Hu

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Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a kind of very important smart polymers. In order to improve the properties or obtain new functions of SMPs, SMP composites and blends are prepared. We thoroughly examine the research in SMP composites and blends achieved by numerous research groups around the world. The preparation of SMPs composites and blends is mainly for five aims: (1) to improve shape recovery stress and mechanical properties; (2) to decrease shape recovery induction time by increasing thermal conductivity; (3) to create new polymer/polymer blends with shape-memory effect (SME); (4) to tune switch temperature, mechanical properties, and biomedical properties of SMPs; (5) to fabricate shape memory materials sensitive to electricity, magnetic, light and moisture. The trend of SMP composite development is discussed. SMP composites and blends exhibit novel properties that are different from the conventional SMPs and thus can be utilized in various applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1661-1672
Number of pages12
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009


  • A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • B. Shape memory property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials

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