Shape memory polymer nanocomposites for application of multiple-field active disassembly: experiment and simulation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Active disassembly (AD) uses innovative materials that can perform a designed disassembly action by the application of an external field. AD provides improvements over current disassembly processes by limiting machine or manual labor and enabling batch processing for end-of-life products. With improved disassembly operations, more reuse of components and purer recycling streams may be seen. One problem with AD, however, has been with the single-field actuation because of the probability of accidental disassembly. This presentation will discuss the application of shape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites in a new AD process. This novel AD process requires multiple-field actuation of the SMP nanocomposite fastener. In the analysis of this AD process, thermal and magnetic field tests were performed on the SMP nanocomposite. From these tests, finite-element analysis was performed to model and simulate the multiple-field AD process. The results of the simulations provide performance variables for the AD process and show a better performance time for the SMP nanocomposite fastener than for a comparable SMP fastener.

published proceedings

  • Environ Sci Technol

author list (cited authors)

  • Carrell, J., Zhang, H., Wang, S., & Tate, D.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Carrell, John||Zhang, Hong-Chao||Wang, Shiren||Tate, Derrick

publication date

  • November 2013