It was observed that the polyurethane shape memory polymer (SMP) loses its shape fixing capability after being exposed in the air at room temperature for several days. A significant indication for this change is the continuous decrease of the glass transition temperature (Tg) of polyurethane. Accompanying the decrease of Tg, the uniaxial tensile behaviour also changes. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) tests were carried out to find the cause behind this phenomenon. Moisture was concluded as the main reason. A mathematical expression was obtained for the relationship between Tg and the moisture. Moreover, the polyurethane shape memory polymer can fully regain its original properties after being heated at temperatures above 180°C, which is the melting temperature of this SMP.
|頁（從 - 到）||191-195|
|期刊||Smart Materials and Structures|
|出版狀態||Published - 2月 2004|