Applications of Shape Memory Alloys in Textiles (FWO) (2007 - 2010)

Shape Memory Materials (SMMs) have unusual properties (e.g. Shape Memory Effect-SME, superelasticity, recoverable strain, high damping capacity, etc.) that make them suitable as major components of smart composites.  They can sense physical changes in their environment, such as thermal, mechanical, magnetic or electric changes.  These properties are essentially linked to a solid phase transformation during which a "mother phase" (austenite), in a reversible crystallographic way, leads to a phase called martensite, thus explaining the name "martensic transformation".


Prof. Lieva Van Langenhove