Morphing Compression Garments for Space Medicine and Extravehicular Activity Using Active Materials.

Citation data:

Aerospace medicine and human performance, ISSN: 2375-6314, Vol: 87, Issue: 2, Page: 84-92

Publication Year:
2016
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PMID:
26802372
DOI:
10.3357/amhp.4349.2016
Author(s):
Holschuh, Bradley T; Newman, Dava J
Publisher(s):
Aerospace Medical Association
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Medicine
article description
Compression garments tend to be difficult to don/doff, due to their intentional function of squeezing the wearer. This is especially true for compression garments used for space medicine and for extravehicular activity (EVA). We present an innovative solution to this problem by integrating shape changing materials-NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) coil actuators formed into modular, 3D-printed cartridges-into compression garments to produce garments capable of constricting on command.