Analysis of the finite deformation response of shape memory polymers: I. Thermomechanical characterization Academic Article uri icon


  • This study presents the analysis of the finite deformation response of a shape memory polymer (SMP). This two-part paper addresses the thermomechanical characterization of SMPs, the derivation of material parameters for a finite deformation phenomenological model, the numerical implementation of such a model, and the predictions from the model with comparisons to experimental data. PartI of this work presents the thermomechanical characterization of the material behavior of a shape memory polymer. In this experimental investigation, the vision image correlation system, a visual-photographic apparatus, was used to measure displacements in the gauge area. A series of tensile tests, which included nominal values of the extension of 10%, 25%, 50%, and 100%, were performed on SMP specimens. The effects on the free recovery behavior of increasing the value of the applied deformation and temperature rate were considered. The stress-extension relationship was observed to be nonlinear for increasing values of the extension, and the shape recovery was observed to occur at higher temperatures upon increasing the temperature rate. The experimental results, aided by the advanced experimental apparatus, present components of the material behavior which are critical for the development and calibration of models to describe the response of SMPs. 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Volk, B. L., Lagoudas, D. C., Chen, Y., & Whitley, K. S.

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Volk, Brent L||Lagoudas, Dimitris C||Chen, Yi-Chao||Whitley, Karen S

publication date

  • July 2010