Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 16, pp 6524–6531 | Cite as

Effect of glycerol cross-linking and hard segment content on the shape memory property of polyurethane block copolymer

  • Byoung Chul ChunEmail author
  • Mi Hwa Chong
  • Yong-Chan Chung


Effect of glycerol cross-linking and hard segment content on the shape memory property of polyurethane block copolymer is comprehensively investigated. Phase separation of hard and soft segment is dependent on glycerol cross-linking and hard segment content as judged from FT-IR and DSC data. Hydrogen bonding and dipole–dipole interaction between hard segments provides strong interaction between copolymer chains in addition to chemical cross-linking by glycerol. As the hard segment content increases, the copolymer shows better tensile mechanical properties and higher melting temperature of soft segment (Tm). Effect of glycerol cross-linking on mechanical properties and Tm of soft segment is low compared to hard segment effect. Although XRD peak at 2θ = 19.5° is observed, clear difference between the copolymers with various hard segment and cross-linking content is not observed. Significant increase in shape recovery rate in the case of 30 wt% hard segment copolymer is observed after glycerol cross-linking. The drastic change of the properties of polyurethane block copolymer is discussed in the point of copolymer chain interaction.


Shape Memory Hard Segment Soft Segment Shape Memory Polymer Shape Memory Property 
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The authors of this paper would like to thank the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) for sponsoring this research through the SRC/ERC Program of MOST/KOSEF (R11-2005-065).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Byoung Chul Chun
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Mi Hwa Chong
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yong-Chan Chung
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Polymer EngineeringThe University of SuwonHwasungshiKorea
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryThe University of SuwonHwasungshiKorea
  3. 3.Intelligent Textile System Research CenterSeoulKorea

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