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A near perfect shape-memory ceramic material

Naturevolume 266pages706707 (1977) | Download Citation



AFTER high temperature plastic deformation and cooling under load to room temperature, glass-ceramics containing mica as the principal crystalline phase retain a near-perfect memory of their undeformed state, the plastic strain being recoverable by a subsequent high temperature anneal. Activation energy measurements support the hypothesis that dislocations in the mica crystals control the shape-memory process.

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  1. H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Royal Fort, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, UK

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