Piezomorphic materials

ALDERSON, Andrew, ALDERSON, Kim L., MCDONALD, Samuel A., MOTTERSHEAD, Beth, NAZARE, Shonali, WITHERS, Philip J. and YAO, Yong T. (2013). Piezomorphic materials. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 298 (3), 318-327.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mame.201200028
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The development of stress-induced morphing materials which are described as piezomorphic materials is reported. The development of a piezomorphic material is achieved by introducing spatial dependency into the compliance matrix describing the elastic response of a material capable of undergoing large strain deformation. In other words, it is necessary to produce an elastically gradient material. This is achieved through modification of the microstructure of the compliant material to display gradient topology. Examples of polymeric (polyurethane) foam and microporous polymer (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) piezomorphic materials are presented here. These materials open up new morphing applications where dramatic shape changes can be triggered by mechanical stress.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1002/mame.201200028
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Depositing User: Andrew Alderson
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 08:50
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 15:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7197

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