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Autonomous, Hands-Free Shape Memory in Glassy, Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks

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  • Kyung Min Lee,

    1. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, USA
    2. Azimuth Corporation, 4134 Linden Ave. #300, Dayton, OH 45432, USA
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  • Timothy J. Bunning,

    1. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, USA
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  • Timothy J. White

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    1. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, USA
    • Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, USA.
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Abstract

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Repeatedly forming temporary shapes can be a limitation to the employment of shape memory polymers. This work utilizes glassy, liquid crystal polymer networks to spontaneously form 3D shapes that are independent of a user. These shapes are autonomously fixed with rapid temperature cycling.

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