ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 047
360 pages 234 x
J Hu, Hong Kong
Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 65
It will be of great interest for textile
engineers and designers, who like to introduce innovative material
Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials
that, as a result of an external stimulus such as temperature, can change from a
temporary deformed shape back to an original shape. SMPs are finding an
increasing use in such areas as clothing where they respond dynamically to
changes in heat and moisture levels, ensuring greater comfort for the wearer.
Shape memory polymers and textiles provides an authoritative and
comprehensive review of these important new materials and their applications.
After an introductory chapter on the concept and definition of shape
memory materials, the book reviews methods for synthesising, characterising and
modelling SMPs. It goes on to consider the properties of particular materials
such as shape memory polyurethane and environmentally-sensitive polymer gels.
The book concludes by assessing potential applications such as wrinkle-free
fabrics and smart fabrics providing improved protection and comfort for the
Shape memory polymers and textiles is a valuable guide to
R&D staff in such areas as textile apparel in developing a new generation of
smart textiles and other products.