Smart materials

Define 'smart material'
Smart materials can change their properties in response to an external stimulus.
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Types of smart materials
Thermochromic pigment, photochromic pigment, and polymorph.
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Uses for polymorph
Polymorph is available in small pellets which fuse together when heated to 62˚C, used formanufacturing awkward shapes such as ergonomic handles.
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Uses for thermochromic pigment
Thermochromic pigments are sensitive to temperature. They change colour when they are heated up or cooled down. This property is useful for indicating if the drink in a cup is hot.
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Uses for photochromic pigment
Photochromatic materials are used in the manufacture of sunglasses. Exposure to sunlight causes the lens of the glasses to darken to protect the eye.
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Thermochromic pigment, photochromic pigment, and polymorph.

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Types of smart materials

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Polymorph is available in small pellets which fuse together when heated to 62˚C, used formanufacturing awkward shapes such as ergonomic handles.

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Thermochromic pigments are sensitive to temperature. They change colour when they are heated up or cooled down. This property is useful for indicating if the drink in a cup is hot.

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Photochromatic materials are used in the manufacture of sunglasses. Exposure to sunlight causes the lens of the glasses to darken to protect the eye.

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