Thanks Ann, i really like this idea. Definitely technology and advancement is moving so fast that every new invention can be utilized somewhere or the other .According to me this plastic reverse shape can be used in the paly land and fun land for children to fascinate them , in circuses or any such children shows . I have mentioned the usage on very ground scale in future there can be many more usages as well.
TJ, you might not have asked me for an answer, but generally when a temperature-controlled shape memory plastic stops working, the first thing that happens is it doesn't revert completely to its previous shape. That ability to revert continues to decline, as do the properties of the material such as strength.
Charles, I agree with you that it is difficult to foresee some of the future uses of new technological developments. (I think this material could possible initiate some). If this plastic is cost effective and moldable, many new and unique applications will probably arise from its use.
I'm sure that engineers will find uses for this memory plastic, although it will clearly be limited by the 250 limit on the number of cycles. A few years ago (OK, it was 25 years ago), we did a story about a material with a negative Possion's Ratio -- so the material grew thicker when you stretched it. I remember asking the inventor what the possible uses could be, because I was skeptical about anyone actually needing it. Sure enough, the material is now in broad use, especially in HVAC systems for buildings.
I am curious what happens beyond 250 cycles. Does the material fatigue and break like any other material? Does it simply stop responding to temperature changes? The answers will assuredly impact potential uses of the material. Ann, those were rhetorical questions. I wasn't posing them to you directly.
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