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Compression bandages and gradient systems on the basis of TiNi shape memory alloys in the field of medicine

V. Prieb
"1st Memory Alloys GmbH"

Proceeding of the 5th European Conference
on Advanced Materials and Processes and Applications
(EUROMAT '97, Maastricht - NL, 21-23 April 1997)
Materials, Functionality & Design, Volume 3:
Surface Engineering and Functional Materials,
Maastricht, 1997, pp. 3/585-3/588)


Abstract: Devices as passive compression bandages and support dressing or active massage devices, gradient systems, pressure suits for pilots and astronauts (cuffs, sleeve, pressure suits) made of the memory fabric are being presented here.

These devises are produced from a flate composite fabric patented by our company. The flat composite fabric comprising a flat fabric and wires which are permanently incorporated therein and which are made of an alloy possessing shape memory properties (memory fabric).

These devices can be applicated in the medicine, aeronautic and space technology. A one of this application - massage device - is especially suitable for the fitness aims at home.

The memory fabric is very soft at the room temperature and can be easy tensed. At the heating the memory fabric contracts and press on the body. The compression force and compression deformation of the memory fabric can be optimize between 50% and 250% inelastic deformation.

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