Smart materials: a review of capabilities and applications

Robert Bogue (Consultant, Okehampton, UK)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide an introduction to smart materials, with an emphasis on their capabilities and applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction, this paper first considers what smart materials are and what they can do. It then discusses existing and emerging applications of shape changing, self-actuating, self-healing, self-diagnostic and self-sensing materials.

Findings

Although difficult to define unambiguously, smart materials offer a range of unique characteristics and have been used in a multitude of products, ranging from household goods and novelty items to automotive components and medical devices. They are the topic of extensive research and all manner of new applications will emerge in the future, reflecting both technological developments and a growing awareness of their capabilities.

Originality/value

This paper provides an insight into the rapidly developing technology and applications of smart materials.

Keywords

Citation

Bogue, R. (2014), "Smart materials: a review of capabilities and applications", Assembly Automation, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 16-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-10-2013-094

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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