Electrospun polyurethane nanofibres having shape memory effect

Haitao Zhuo, Jinlian Hu, Shaojun Chen

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Nanofibres having shape memory effect (SME) were successfully spun from shape memory polyurethanes solution by electrospinning method in this experiment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the resulted nanofibres had ultrafine diameter in a range of 50 to 700 nm. Uniform nanofibres could be prepared by adjusting applied voltage, concentration and feeding rate. Especially, the concentration played a key role in controlling its diameters. In addition, the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results indicated that the obtained nanofibres would satisfy the structure requirement of segmented polymer having SME. Finally, the cyclic tensile test gave a direct proof that the resulted nanofibres showed good SME: 98% shape recovery and 80% shape fixity can be obtained after several cyclic times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2078-2080
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2008


  • Electrospinning
  • Nanofibres
  • Nonwoven
  • Shape memory materials
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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