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‘Smart’ and Modern Materials

(a) Know that some ‘Smart’ materials respond in a certain way to changes in temperature,

light, or pressure:


shape memory alloy used to give mechanical movement when a set

temperature is reached;


low temperature setting plastic can be moulded or reshaped using hot


(b) Know how materials can be combined and processed to create more useful properties:  (COMPOSITE MATERIALS)


use of modern materials in traditional applications including the use of carbon fibre in

fishing rods and kevlar in safety protection helmets;


use of closed cell foams (Plastazote).

(c) Be aware of other ‘Smart’ and modern materials as they become commercially available.