Equipment for the shaping and characterization of shape memory polymers
Shape memory polymers can retain a shape imposed by programming until they are heated above their switching temperature. They then return to their original shape as far as possible. In the Fraunhofer IAP's »Shape Memory Polymers « working group, founded in 2015, new bio-based functional polymers are synthesized, processed and examined for their chemical, mechanical and physical properties.
The work focuses on the determination of structure-property relationships, questions of processing and investigations of shape memory properties in line with new fields of application. The initial equipment of devices for the shaping and characterization of shape memory polymers is supported by EFRE funds within the InfraFEI programme.