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Smart materials: a review of recent developments

Smart materials: a review of recent developments Purpose – This paper aims to provide a review of recent developments in selected fields of smart material technology. Design/methodology/approach – Following a brief introduction to smart materials, this paper considers research into three classes that are presently attracting particular interest: self‐healing materials; smart sensing materials and sensing skins; and shape‐changing materials. Findings – This shows that each of these fields is the topic of a major research effort and although few products are yet available commercially, they offer great future potential due to their unique capabilities. A multitude of uses are anticipated in the aerospace, defence, automotive, civil engineering, medical, robotics and other industries. Originality/value – This paper provides a topical, technical insight into developments in three classes of smart materials. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Assembly Automation Emerald Publishing

Smart materials: a review of recent developments

Assembly Automation , Volume 32 (1): 5 – Feb 17, 2012

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-5154
DOI
10.1108/01445151211198674
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to provide a review of recent developments in selected fields of smart material technology. Design/methodology/approach – Following a brief introduction to smart materials, this paper considers research into three classes that are presently attracting particular interest: self‐healing materials; smart sensing materials and sensing skins; and shape‐changing materials. Findings – This shows that each of these fields is the topic of a major research effort and although few products are yet available commercially, they offer great future potential due to their unique capabilities. A multitude of uses are anticipated in the aerospace, defence, automotive, civil engineering, medical, robotics and other industries. Originality/value – This paper provides a topical, technical insight into developments in three classes of smart materials.

Journal

Assembly AutomationEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 17, 2012

Keywords: Smart materials; Polymers; Self‐healing; Sensing; Shape change; Shape‐memory; Materials

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