Andrés Díaz Lantada, Pilar Lafont Morgado, Julio Muñoz-García, José Luis Muñoz Sanz, Javier Echavarri Otero, Juan Manuel Munoz-Guijosa


Shape-memory polymers are active materials with thermomechanical coupling and a high capability to recover from high levels of deformation, which, combined with their low cost and density has favoured the appearance of numerous applications, particularly those linked to the Medical Industry. In many cases, these materials are of medical standard, which increases the chances of obtaining biocompatible devices. In the last decade enormous progress has been made on many areas, regarding these materials, such as synthesis, characterization, activation, prototyping and others, aimed at improving their applicability. However, various spheres of action require additional in depth research to promote the production start-up of various shape-memory polymer-based devices that have had laboratory validation. One of these areas of improvement is linked to the activation systems of SMPs. This work sets outs the possibility of obtaining a more homogeneous heating processes for an optimal activation of the “shape-memory effect”, which promotes the geometric changes of such devices. These improvements are based on the development of net-shaped SMP structures to which silver thread is knitted for subsequent activation through Joule heating. First prototypes and trials are explained in detail, as well as the possible biomedical applications of this concept.


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Paper Citation

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Díaz Lantada A., Lafont Morgado P., Muñoz-García J., Luis Muñoz Sanz J., Echavarri Otero J. and Manuel Munoz-Guijosa J. (2010). INTELLIGENT EXPANDABLE STRUCTURES BASED ON THE IMPROVED ACTIVATION OF SHAPE-MEMORY POLYMERS . In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: Special Session RAPID-Bio, (BIOSTEC 2010) ISBN 978-989-674-017-7, pages 240-245. DOI: 10.5220/0002766602400245

in Bibtex Style

@conference{special session rapid-bio10,
author={Andrés Díaz Lantada and Pilar Lafont Morgado and Julio Muñoz-García and José Luis Muñoz Sanz and Javier Echavarri Otero and Juan Manuel Munoz-Guijosa},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: Special Session RAPID-Bio, (BIOSTEC 2010)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: Special Session RAPID-Bio, (BIOSTEC 2010)
SN - 978-989-674-017-7
AU - Díaz Lantada A.
AU - Lafont Morgado P.
AU - Muñoz-García J.
AU - Luis Muñoz Sanz J.
AU - Echavarri Otero J.
AU - Manuel Munoz-Guijosa J.
PY - 2010
SP - 240
EP - 245
DO - 10.5220/0002766602400245