Shape memory technology for active assembly/disassembly: fundamentals, techniques and example applications

L. Sun (School of Civil Engineering, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Shenyang, People's Republic of China)
W.M. Huang (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
H.B. Lu (Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
C.C. Wang (Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, People's Republic of China)
J.L. Zhang (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a review on utilizing shape memory technology (SMT) for active assembly/disassembly, i.e. assembly/disassembly without physically touching.

Design/methodology/approach

The fundamentals behind the shape memory effect (SME) in materials, in particular shape memory alloys (SMAs) and polymers, which are the cornerstones of SMT, are introduced, together with the possible approaches to implement this effect in active assembly/disassembly. Example applications for not only active assembly/ disassembly, but also programmed active disassembly are presented.

Findings

The advantages of utilizing SMT over conventional assembly/disassembly techniques are identified.

Originality/value

The paper introduces the fundamentals behind the SME and the basic approaches to implement the SMT in not only active assembly/disassembly, but also programmed active assembly.

Keywords

Citation

Sun, L., Huang, W., Lu, H., Wang, C. and Zhang, J. (2014), "Shape memory technology for active assembly/disassembly: fundamentals, techniques and example applications", Assembly Automation, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 78-93. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-03-2013-031

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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