SHAPE MEMORY POLYMER: DEPLOYABLE ARCHITECTURE

An exploration into the use of SMPs through the development of a dynamic actuator that links a series of interconnected panels creating overall form to a self-standing structure. The shape-shifting behavior of the SMP allows the dynamic actuator to become flexible when storage and transportability are required. Alternatively, when exposed to the appropriate temperature range, the actuator is capable of returning to its memorized state for on-site deployment. Through a series of prototypes, this research provides a fundamental understanding of the SMP’s thermo-mechanical properties toward deployable, adaptive architecture.

 

 

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