Fibres and fabrics are often used to reinforce shape memory polymers (SMPs) to improve their mechanical strength and properties, and such composites have been widely used in engineering. However incorporation of fibres and fabrics in SMPs is often accompanied with the deterioration of thermomechanical properties and shape memory effect. The thermomechanical properties and deterioration mechanisms of a shape memory polymer composite (SMPC) under repeated mechanical stress were investigated. Up to 100% extension, the SMPCs showed good shape memory effect with excellent shape recovery ratio, recovery stress and mechanical properties; while beyond that the recovery ratio and recovery stress of the composites deteriorated rapidly due to the significant delamination and debonding of fibres and fabrics from the SMP resin and accumulation of broken fibres.
|Polymer Degradation and Stability
|Published - Aug 2011