Releasable fastener systems and processes

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7308738
APP PUB NO 20040117955A1





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A releasable fastener system comprises a loop portion and a hook portion. The loop portion includes a support and a loop material disposed on one side thereof. The hook portion generally includes a support and a plurality of closely spaced upstanding hook elements extending from one side thereof, wherein the plurality of hook elements comprises or incorporates a shape memory polymer. When the hook portion and loop portion are pressed together they interlock to form a releasable engagement. The resulting joint created by the engagement is relatively resistant to shear and pull forces and weak in peel strength forces. Introducing a thermal activation signal to the plurality of hook elements causes a change in shape orientation and/or flexural modulus that effectively reduces the shear and/or pull off forces in the releasable engagement. In this manner, disengagement of the releasable fastener system provides separation of the hook portion from the loop portion under controlled conditions. Also disclosed herein are processes for operating the releasable fastener system.

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Barvosa-Carter, William Ventura, CA 46 711
Browne, Alan L Grosse Pointe, MI 345 3745
Johnson, Nancy L Northville, MI 339 3303
Momoda, Leslie A Los Angeles, CA 13 204
Stanford, Thomas B Port Hueneme, CA 17 479

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