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Experimental Investigations on Viscoelastic Properties of a Shape Memory Polymer

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Pauline Butaud

FEMTO-ST, Besançon, FranceUniversity of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France

Morvan Ouisse, Vincent Placet, Emmanuel Foltête

FEMTO-ST, Besançon, France

Paper No. SMASIS2014-7686, pp. V001T01A029; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Modeling, Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems; Structural Health Monitoring; Keynote Presentation
  • Newport, Rhode Island, USA, September 8–10, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4614-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The shape memory polymers (SMPs) are polymeric smart materials which have the remarkable ability to recover their primary shape from a temporary one under an external stimulus. The study deals with the synthesis and the thermo-mechanical characterization of a thermally-actuated SMP, the tBA/PEGDMA, with a special focus on viscoelastic properties. The mechanical characterization is performed using three kinds of tests: quasi-static tensile tests, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and modal tests. The first one allows the identification of the Youngs modulus and the Poisson’s ratio at ambient temperature. Modal analyses are done for various temperature values, and resonance frequencies are measured. In order to validate the time-temperature equivalence on this SMP, a DMA is performed under harmonic loading for different temperatures and a master curve highlights a complementarity of the results. Finally a suitable model for the viscoelastic behavior of the SMP is identified.

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