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Applications of torsional shape memory alloy actuators for active rotor blade control: opportunities and limitations
Author(s): Chen Liang; Frank M. Davidson; Lawrence McDonald Schetky; Friedrich K. Straub
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Paper Abstract

A shape memory alloy rod, if it is pre-twisted to create stress induced martensitic transformation, will exhibit a torsional shape memory effect, namely, some of the pre-twist will be recovered once the SMA rod is heated above its austenitic start temperature. If the pre- twisted SMA rod is constrained, a large recovery torque will be generated. Torsional shape memory alloy actuators have broad applications. This paper focuses on their applications of active helicopter rotor blade control. In this paper, we first review the effort of active rotor blade control, introduce the basic properties of shape memory alloy actuators, present the important characteristics of torsional SMA actuators governing their applications, and address issues involved in the use of torsional SMA actuators for automatic rotor blade tracking systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2717, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239049
Show Author Affiliations
Chen Liang, California State Univ./San Diego (United States)
Frank M. Davidson, California State Univ./San Diego (United States)
Lawrence McDonald Schetky, Memry Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Friedrich K. Straub, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2717:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Inderjit Chopra, Editor(s)

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