Compression stockings could gain a massage function thanks to stress-memory polymers
Scientists in Hong Kong have unveiled the stress-memory behaviour of polyurethane fibres, and are using them to develop compression stockings that, for the first time, also massage the leg.
After deforming, triggers such as heat or light return shape memory polymers to their original shape. In a similar vein, stress memory polymers can store stress, which is retrieved by heating.
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Stress-memory polymeric filaments for advanced compression therapy
Harishkumar Narayana, Jinlian Hu, Bipin Kumar, Songmin Shang, Jianping Han, Pengqing Liu, Tan Lin, FengLong Ji and Yong Zhu
Journal Article J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6TB03354G, Paper