Scientists have developed a new form of shape memory alloy which can be activated at reduced temperatures and incorporated into conventional building materials.

Shape memory alloys (SMA) are metals which are capable of resuming their original shape following severe warping or deformation. The self-correcting function can occur either spontaneously or be activated following the application of high levels of heat. This extraordinary ability to self-repair following bending or warping confers SMAs with a remarkable range of industrial…