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Experimental characterization of NiMnGa ferromagnetic shape memory alloy bars under variable loading conditions
Author(s): Ronald N. Couch; Inderjit Chopra; Manfred R. Wuttig
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Paper Abstract

A comprehensive experimental characterization of single crystal, martensite, NiMnGa rods is the current subject of study. Preliminary actuator force-displacement curves for DC magnetic fields up to 0.6 T in the static regime have been developed. A peak static actuation force of 5.5N at 0.4 mm in was observed. The effects AC magnetic fields below magnetic saturation were also examined. The dynamic force-displacement characteristics of the NiMnGa alloy in the presence of mechanical preloads was studied. Dynamic testing at AC fields of 0.3 T yielded strains of up to 1.2% and dynamic loads of up to 7 N. A possible material dependence on strain-rate and was observed from the experimental dynamic stress-strain curves.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4701, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (15 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474684
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald N. Couch, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Inderjit Chopra, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Manfred R. Wuttig, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4701:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
L. Porter Davis, Editor(s)

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