Shape Memory Effect (SME) in Epoxy-Based Polymers; Synthesis and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Christian Pattyn1, Christopher C. Hornat2, Marek W. Urban2

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. Clemson University

This project represents a part of the recent major efforts to correlate the shape memory effects (SME) in polymers. Specifically, the relationships between the glass transition temperature, the storage modulus in the glassy and rubbery states, as well as the tangent delta values are critical in further advancing the role of SMEs in self-healing. Although these quantities are known to be pertinent to shape memory performance, it is critical to gain fundamental understanding how the maximum strain, stress and entropic energy can be utilized in predicting SMEs and correlate to self-healing properties.