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Title:Mechanical designs that explore the applicability of shape memory polymers
Author(s):Park, Hyunjik
Advisor(s):Kim, Seok
Department / Program:Mechanical Sci & Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Shape Memory Polymer
SMP
Testbed
Robot
Abstract:Modified versions of epoxy-based shape memory polymers (SMPs) were tested and proven for their adhesive benefits in recent works. A heated dry adhesive system displaying strong adhesive performance on a variety of chemically dissimilar adherend was developed. This thesis explores the mechanical designs and performances of the novel apparatuses specifically invented to verify the system’s potential for practical applications. A macroscale multipurpose testbed capable of accurately measuring the adhesive strength, preload, and required peeling force for SMPs of various dimensions and properties was constructed. A total of three prototypes were designed and tested as an initial process of creating a wall climbing robot that utilizes heated dry adhesives. Each modified and improved prototype introduced a higher possibility of achieving a fully functional climber as well as the inherent physical challenges that must be overcome.
Issue Date:2019-07-18
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/105696
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Hyunjik Park
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08


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