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Potential High-Temperature Shape-Memory-Alloy Actuator Material IdentifiedShape-memory alloys are unique "smart materials" that can be used in a wide variety of adaptive or "intelligent" components. Because of a martensitic solid-state phase transformation in these materials, they can display rather unusual mechanical properties including shape-memory behavior. This phenomenon occurs when the material is deformed at low temperatures (below the martensite finish temperature, Mf) and then heated through the martensite-to-austenite phase transformation. As the material is heated to the austenite finish temperature Af, it is able to recover its predeformed shape. If a bias is applied to the material as it tries to recover its original shape, work can be extracted from the shape-memory alloy as it transforms. Therefore, shape-memory alloys are being considered for compact solid-state actuation devices to replace hydraulic, pneumatic, or motor-driven systems.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Noebe, Ronald D.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Gaydosh, Darrell J.
(Ohio Aerospace Inst. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Biles, Tiffany A.
Garg, Anita
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2004
Subject Category
Metals And Metallic Materials
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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